Maryam, husband to challenge verdict, Sharif lands in ‘B’ class jail


Appeal alleges legal flaws in Avenfield judgement and asks for the accountability court’s verdict to be declared null and void

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Shahbaz Sharif, sits in car on left, brother of Pakistani former prime minister Nawaz Sharif leaves for airport in Lahore, Pakistan.
Published: 17:52 July 14, 2018 Gulf News

Islamabad: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam and her husband have decided to appeal against the July 6 verdict by an accountability court. The two along with Sharif were convicted and sentenced in absentia to lengthy prison terms in connection with their ownership of properties in London.

The appeal, which will be filed on July 16, was drafted on Saturday. Maryam Nawaz’s legal team was still in Adiala Jail to get the power of attorney but was unable to file the appeal before the court hours ended. Court hours last till 1pm during summer vacations.

The appeal — that highlights the legal flaws in the Avenfield judgement — asks for the accountability court’s verdict to be declared null and void. It further pleads for the sentence of Safdar Awan, Maryam’s husband, be suspended till a decision on the appeal was reached.

Nawaz Sharif and his political heir Maryam were arrested at the Lahore airport late on Friday on corruption charges as they returned to the country in an attempt to rally their beleaguered party days before July 25 polls.

High drama surrounded the arrests as the authorities blocked roads, shut down mobile and internet service and deployed thousands of security forces to thwart supporters of the Sharifs from reaching the airport.


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