Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar released from Adiala jail

Marsha Scott
September 20, 2018

Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison on Wednesday, hours after a top court suspended their sentences in a major corruption case that jeopardised their political career.

The NAB was also pulled up by the Supreme Court on Monday when it rejected its petition challenging the IHC's decision to hear Sharifs' petitions against the Avenfield verdict.

In a major relief to the Sharif family, a top Pakistani court suspended on Wednesday the jail sentences of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law in a corruption case and ordered their release from a high-security prison.

Former Punjab CM and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif had reached Adiala jail to take his brother and party supremo with him.

During the hearing, Justice Miangul Minhalla said prosecutors had failed to bring any evidence of Nawaz Sharif's ownership of the Avenfield apartments, the four luxury flats in Park Lane, central London, at the heart of the case, and wanted the court to keep him jailed "on mere presumption".

An anti-corruption court in July this year sentenced them in absentia to 10 and seven years respectively over properties they allegedly owned in Britain, following revelations in the Panama Papers.

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The Bench ordered their release and directed them to submit bail bonds worth Rs.0.5 million each.

Sharif's wife died in a London hospital earlier this month and he along with his daughter and son-in-law were granted parole to attend her funeral.

According to the verdict, she "aided, assisted, abetted, attempted and acted in conspiracy with her father".

After the final argument by Qureshi, the High Court reserved its verdict and ruled that the sentences of Sharifs and Safdar will remain suspended until the final judgment is announced.

Qureshi argued today that after the fixation of appeals against the conviction of the Sharif family in the Avenfield reference, the IHC could not have entertained petitions seeking suspension of sentence.

Justice Athar then remarked "This is an important case and it would have been great if we concluded it today".

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