IHC to take up Nawaz’s appeal against Al-Azizia sentence next month


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s plea against his sentence in the Al-Azizia corruption reference on February 18.

A two-member bench of the IHC comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Aamer Farooq will hear the petition. The court has also accepted Nawaz’s request to submit additional documents in the case.

Accountability Judge Arshad Malik had on Dec 24, 2018, convicted Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference and awarded him seven years imprisonment, besides imposing fines of Rs1.5 billion and $25 million on the PML-N supremo.

During the last hearing, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris had argued that his client “was not the real owner of the assets, but he had still been sentenced” in the Al-Azizia reference.

Following this, the bench had summoned the record of the trial and issued notices to the former prime minister as well as NAB over the appeals.