Avenfield reference: Supreme Court upholds IHC verdict, rejects NAB’s appeal

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) appeal that challenged the suspension of sentences awarded to former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter in the Avenfield reference.

The decision came from a five-member bench comprising, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel in the hearing.

The anti-graft body had pleaded the apex court after Islamabad High Court had suspended imprisonment of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz founder Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield reference and ordered their release.

The Sharif family had filed a petition in IHC against the mentioned reference after the accountability court in July 2018 had announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the NAB, handing Nawaz Sharif 10 years imprisonment for owning assets beyond known income and one year for not cooperating with the Bureau.

Maryam was announced with seven years imprisonment for facilitating the concealment of her father’s properties, while one year added for non-cooperation with the Bureau. Her husband was also announced with one year imprisonment in the corruption reference.