Nawaz Sharif Sentenced To Ten Years Imprisonment In Avenfield Case
The accountability court, in a momentous decision on Friday, sentenced deposed premier Nawaz Sharif to 10 years and Maryam Nawaz to seven years in the Avenfield corruption reference.
Capt (retd) Safdar also sentenced to one year in jail.
With all eyes on the court, Judge Muhammad Bashir of the accountability court read out the 100-page verdict. The historic decision was to be announced earlier, but after multiple delays, the court announced the verdict in the presence of media personnel at 4:20.
The former prime minster and his daughter were not present in the country citing Begum Kulsoom’s ill-health and Nawaz’s son-in-law Safdar was missing from court. The father-daughter duo had requested for a seven-day exemption, stating that they want to be in court when the judgment is announced. However, the plea was dismissed and the verdict was announced in their absence.
The SC directed the country’s anti-graft body to file references against the Sharif family to probe the allegations leveled against them. A six-member Joint Investigation Team [JIT] was formed to investigate with former director of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wajid Zia as the head.
The team conducted a two-month probe, gathering documents and evidence from the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Pakistan. After admitting the report in the SC, the disqualification verdict was passed.
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