Islamabad High Court rejects Nawaz Sharif, Maryam’s bail plea

Justice Muhammad Bashir of the Islamabad Accountability Court, Who Sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in jail in a graft case, has recused himself from hearing other to graft cases: Al-Azizia steel mills and the Flagship corruption cases

Islamabad, July 17 : The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz and upheld the 10-year jail term for the PML-N leader and his daughter.

A Pakistani anti-corruption court judge who had sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in jail in a graft case, has recused himself from hearing two other corruption cases against the former prime minister.The move came on the heels of Khawaja Haris  filing of separate appeals by Sharif, 68, his daughter Maryam, 44, and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, challenging the verdict.

He also filed another appeal  to transfer of two more corruption cases pending — Al-Azizia and Flagship — before accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir.

The court, while hearing the petition filed by Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris, said the ex-premier and Maryam have been convicted under serious charges of graft and fixed the last week of July as the next date of hearing.

A two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit response on appeals of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar against their conviction in the Avenfield properties reference.

The division bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kyani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb took up their appeals seeking to set aside the accountability court judgment that awarded 10 years imprisonment to Sharif, seven years to Maryam and one year to Captain (retd) Safdar.

Justice Muhammad Bashir of the Islamabad Accountability Court, in a letter addressed to Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Anwar Khan Kasi, said that the Al-Azizia steel mills and the Flagship corruption cases should be transferred to some other judge, according to the IHC sources.

In the letter, the judge said that he had no objection if the cases were transferred as he could not hear these cases, they said.

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