IHC to hear Nawaz Sharif's appeal against conviction in Al-Azizia case today

IHC adjourns hearing of Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against conviction in Al-Azizia case till October 7

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has adjourned hearing of Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against his conviction in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference case till October 7, on Wednesday.

According to reports, a two-member division bench comprising of Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani presided over the hearing of the appeal.

During the hearing, Nawaz Sharif’s defence counsel Khawaja Harris argued before the bench that he would complete the arguments in his client’s defence in the next three months.

Importantly, the same bench will hear an application submitted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for increasing Sharif’s jail term.

It is pertinent to mention hear that former accountability court judge Arshad Malik had convicted ousted premier Sharif in the Al-Azizia corruption reference and sentenced him to a seven-year imprisonment. He, however, had acquitted him in a second reference related to Flagship Investments. The court had also fined Sharif Rs1.5 billion and US $25 million in the same case. The former premier is currently in Kot Lakhpat jail.

Former judge Malik was suspended last month over the video leak controversy, and later was appointed as an officer on special duty (OSD) at the Lahore Sessions Court. Disciplinary proceedings against him are also likely to be held.

Subsequently, the affidavit given after the release of the video of the judge was also made part of Sharif’s appeal.

The IHC on July 12 had removed the judge from his post amid a controversy surrounding a leaked videotape showing his purported confession that he had been “pressurised and blackmailed” to convict ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia corruption reference.

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against his conviction in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference case, on Wednesday (today).

According to reports, a two-member division bench comprising of Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani is scheduled to hear the appeal.

Importantly, the same bench will hear an application submitted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for increasing Sharif’s jail term.

It is pertinent to mention hear that former accountability court judge Arshad Malik had convicted ousted premier Sharif in the Al-Azizia corruption reference and sentenced him to a seven-year imprisonment. He, however, had acquitted him in a second reference related to Flagship Investments.

Former judge Malik was suspended last month over the video leak controversy, and later was appointed as an officer on special duty (OSD) at the Lahore Sessions Court.

Subsequently, the affidavit given after the release of the video of the judge was also made part of Sharif’s appeal.

The IHC on July 12 had removed the judge from his post amid a controversy surrounding a leaked videotape showing his purported confession that he had been “pressurised and blackmailed” to convict ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia corruption reference.

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