Accountability court adjourns hearing of remaining references till July 30

18 July, 2018, 16:30 | Author: Wade Massey
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The accountability court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of the remaining two corruption references against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif till July 30 as the defence counsel refused to participate in the trial till the Islamabad High Court (IHC) passes its judgement on a petition pertaining to transferring the case to another court.

Also, Safdar was given a one-year sentence without any fine.

Haris told the IHC that the accountability court judge can not hear the two cases against them as the arguments were similar to those in the Avenfield case.

The bench adjourned the hearing till last week of July which effectively means that hearing will be held after July 25 which will be observed as holiday to let people cast votes.

Lawyers of the convicts highlighted legal lacunae in the accountability court verdict during the hearing and urged the court to suspend the imprisonment sentences of their clients until a final decision of the Islamabad High Court. However, he insisted that the request was limited to one hearing, that was to be held one day after the arrival and arrest of Sharif and Maryam.

Haris responded that since the IHC bench had made a decision to seek assistance from NAB, the court could not pass an order as no one from the prosecution was present inside the court room.

A Pakistani court on Tuesday rejected appeals of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt. (retd) Mohammad Safdar for bail and suspension of their convictions in a corruption reference.

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Last week, Nawaz Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Haris had objected to Justice Bashir hearing the two other corruption cases when the judge resumed hearing.

The sentence and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came nearly a year after Supreme Court removed Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life.

On July 6, after four extensions in the original six-month deadline to conclude all three cases, the court announced its verdict in the Avenfield reference.

Jailed former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif's grandson will campaign for PML-N for the July 25 general elections, becoming the first member of the third generation of the Sharif family to actively participate in the party activities.

Junaid Safdar reached Lahore on Monday to meet his parents and maternal grandfather Nawaz Sharif in Adiala Jail.

He further said that evidence and charges in all cases are nearly similar.

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