Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Safdar get 10 and 8 years jail sentence
Posted by : Admin on Jul 06, 2018 01:38 PM
Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif has been awarded 10 years and Maryam Nawaz has been awarded eight in the Avenfield case. Maryam’s husband Captain (retd) Safdar has been awarded one year. Nawaz has been fined eight million pounds (Rs1.2 billion). Maryam has been fined two million pounds (Rs322 million). Maryam has been also found guilty of forging documents, for which she has been awarded an extra year.
The court has ordered that the Avenfield apartments be handed over to the federal government. The NAB prosecutor said the judgment proves that the assets were purchased with illegal money.
Maryam has been disqualified from contesting the elections. The ECP has said that another candidate can contest from NA-127 in Maryam’s place. Hassan and Hussain Nawaz have been declared absconders and the NAB prosecutor has said that they will be brought back to Pakistan with the help of Interpol.
On Tuesday, the accountability court reserved its decision in the Avenfield reference. It announced that the verdict will be issued on Friday. It also issued notices to the accused, asking them to appear on the day.
On the other hand, the former PM and his daughter have been in London since June 15. They had initially gone to spend Eid with former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. However, Begum Kulsoom suffered a cardiac arrest a day before her husband and daughter arrived. She has been on life support at the Harley Street Clinic since June 14.
PML-N leader Raja Zafarul Haq said that Nawaz will soon come to Pakistan. He arrived at the accountability court on Friday minutes before the judge, Muhammad Bashir, was expected to read out the verdict. We have asked our workers not to take to the streets, he said. According to him, Capt (retd) Safdar is in Pakistan and nobody is going anywhere.
Nawaz and his family have been facing trial before the accountability court. Three corruption references were initiated against them after the Supreme Court disqualified Mr Sharif for life from holding public office. Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar are accused in the case. His sons, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, have been declared proclaimed offenders.
After the judgment was announced, PML-N workers and supporters began to cry outside the court. They began ripping off their clothes and protested against the verdict.
A large number of police and Rangers personnel are present at the Federal Judicial Complex, where the accountability court is located. Two armoured personnel vehicles are also stationed outside the court. The district administration has also imposed Section 144 in Islamabad.