Nawaz Sharif’s bail plea rejected

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court in its short order has today rejected the petition pertaining to the bail of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds and seeking the suspension of his seven-year sentenced.

During the hearing of the case today, IHC bench comprising of Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani has dismissed Nawaz’s plea to get release on medical grounds.

It is pertinent to mention here that Accountability court Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik had convicted Sharif last year on 24 December in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills Company (ASCL) corruption reference for seven years of imprisonment by imposing a fine of Rs.1.5 billion

On February 20, the IHC had reserved its decision on the petition seeking the suspension of the seven-year sentence awarded to Nawaz in the Al-Azizia reference.

Details of Al-Azizia corruption reference:

Hussain Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister’s elder son, claims that he received a sum of $5.4 million from his grandfather to establish the steel conglomerate in Saudi Arabia. The payment was made by a Qatari royal on the request of the elder Sharif. Thereafter, scrap machinery was transported from their Ahli Steel Mills in Dubai to Jeddah to establish Al-Azizia in 2001.