Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pakistan court orders release of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan court orders release of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

A top Pakistani court suspended Wednesday the jail sentences of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law in a corruption case, according to media reports.

The court's decision came petitions filed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar challenging the Avenfield verdict against them.

The NAB will file an appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court once it gets a copy of the ruling.

Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law will now each have to pay 500,000 Pakistani rupees (roughly $4,000) in separate surety bonds before their release.

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The decision to suspend the Accountability Court decision in Avenfield Reference against the Sharif family was given by a division bench of the Islamabad High Court comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mian Gul Hassan.

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The Islamabad High Court made the decision on the corruption case handed down to the Sharifs by an anti-graft tribunal earlier this year.

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Dozens of jubilant supporters chanted "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif!" outside the court after the decision was announced. The court also orders the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to open a criminal trial into ownership of the London flats along with several other Panama Papers revelations.

It is to be mentioned here that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia for ten years, seven years and one year respectively, in Avenfield verdict.

The Sharifs were taken to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. It ruled that the prisoners' sentences would be suspended and they would be allowed to go free.

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