Nawaz Sharif moves IHC seeking resumption of appeal in corruption cases

In this photo taken on October 21, 2023, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif can be seen signing court papers after landing at Islamabad airport.  - GeoNews
In this photo taken on October 21, 2023, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif can be seen signing court papers after landing at Islamabad airport. – GeoNews
  • Nawaz’s lawyer Amjad Parvez filed the petitions in the IHC.
  • The petition said that Nawaz’s absence before the court was not deliberate.
  • The deposed Prime Minister was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield case.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif on Monday moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking resumption of appeals against the verdicts of accountability courts in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases.

Nawaz’s lawyer Amjad Parvez filed petitions in the IHC, requesting the court to hear the appeals on merits as they were earlier dismissed due to non-compliance when the PML was granted leave by the court in November. -N Supremo had not returned from London. Have to go abroad for medical treatment in 2019.

In the Avenfield petition, the PML-N chief said he was sentenced in his absence in the Avenfield reference on July 6, 2018 as he could not attend the court hearing due to the illness of his wife, who was undergoing treatment. And he was on a ventilator in a hospital. in London.

Nawaz said that his appeals against the Avenfield and Al-Azizia references were not rejected on merit, but due to non-compliance.

,[…] The absence of the petitioner before this Hon’ble Court was neither willful, deliberate or malicious, rather, he was unable to appear due to medical advice and circumstances beyond his control, unfortunately, his health condition could not improve and the expected The procedures were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the peculiar background and nature of various serious illnesses, they were continuously advised not to travel and to attend healthcare facilities in London for ongoing treatment and planned interventions. Stay close, the facts are duly reflected in the medical report..”

The PML-N supremo in the petitions urged the court to restore the appeal “to its original status along with all interim, incidental and ancillary orders and be decided on merits as per law in the interest of justice” Go”.

“Any other relief considered appropriate in the specific circumstances of the case should also be granted,” the petition said.

Nawaz had signed legal documents including the appeal to be filed in the IHC after returning to Pakistan after four years of self-imposed exile in London on Saturday.

The appeals were dismissed due to Nawaz’s non-appearance at the IHC.

Before returning to the country, the former PM had secured protective bail in the corruption cases till October 24, averting the threat of his immediate arrest.

In July 2018, the ousted Prime Minister was given a 10-year jail sentence in the Avenfield context for possessing disproportionate assets and a one-year sentence for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Which was to be served concurrently.

PML-N key organizer Maryam Nawaz was sentenced to seven years in jail in the case, but was acquitted along with her husband Captain (retd) Safdar in September 2022.

Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison on December 24, 2018, in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case and was then taken to Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, from where he was transferred to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail the next day.

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