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Nawaz sentenced to Prison for 7 Years in Al-Azizia Reference, Arrested from Courtroom

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad’s Accountability Court-II on Monday sentenced former Prime Minister and Quaid Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference to prison for seven years.

The court imposed a fine of $20.5 million and another fine of Rs.1.5 billion on the former PM in the reference. However, the court acquitted the former PM in the Flagship Investment reference.

In its judgment, the court said that the prosecutions had placed on record enough evidence in the Al-Azizia reference to convict the accused.

The accountability court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik pronounced the verdicts on both references which he had reserved on the 19th of this month.

Following the conviction, NAB arrested the former Prime Minister from the courtroom.  However, the former PM pleaded the judge to order his shifting to Lahore instead of Adiyala jail, Rawalpindi.

The judge later allowed the former PM’s pleas to be shifted to Kot Lakhpat jail. However Nawaz Sharif was shifted to Adiala Jail Rawalpindi and will be taken to Lahore on Tuesday.

Following the court’s verdict, daughter of the former Prime Minister Maryam Nawaz took to Twitter to react to the sentence.

Maryam tweeted: “One individual has been sentenced for the fourth times. The last hiccup of the blind vengeance, but Inshallah the victory will be of Nawaz Sharif’s, God is Great. After two and a half years of vindictive accountability and interrogation of three generations, neither corruption, kickback nor misuse of national treasury could be proven.”

Earlier, PML-N Quaid reached the accountability court accompanied by Hamza Shahbaz, and other PML-N leaders amid tight security arrangements to heard the verdict.

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The Supreme Court on July 28, 2017, had disqualified the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, besides ordering NAB to file corruption reference against him and his family members.

On the apex court’s orders, the NAB had filed three references, Avenfield Properties, Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment, in September 2017 against Nawaz and his family members in an accountability court.

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In July this year, an accountability court headed by Judge Muhammad Bashir had sentenced Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar in the Avenfiled Properties reference for varied terms. Nawaz was jailed for 10 years, Maryam for seven and Capt (retd)n Safdar for one year.

But on Sept 19, the Islamabad High Court suspended the conviction and granted all three bail. NAB’s appeal against the suspension of the sentence remains pending before the SC.