Avenfield Reference verdict: Sharif family London flats confiscated, 10 million pounds fine

Avenfield Reference verdict: Sharif family London flats confiscated, 10 million pounds fine

ISLAMABAD - Nawaz Sharif has been jailed for 10 years and Maryam Nawaz for 7 years.

Avenfield Apartments have been attached and Nawaz Sharif has been fined 10 million pounds.

The Accountability Court announced its verdict in the Avenfield corruption reference filed by NAB against disqualified premier Nawaz Sharif , Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and Capt (retired) Safdar today on July 6.

Strict security arrangements, including paramilitary personnel, are in place at the Federal Judicial Complex, where the court is located. The roads leading to the complex have also been closed to traffic.

Moreover, the district administration has imposed Section 144 in the capital to discourage mass gatherings.

After submitting Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's medical report, Maryam's counsel Amjad Pervez argued that the law stipulates the presence of the accused when the verdict is read out. After the prosecution opposed any delay at such a late stage of the trial, the judge reserved his verdict and adjourned the hearing for an hour.

The court reserved the judgment after the defence counsel concluded his arguments in the case on Tuesday (July 3). The court directed all the accused in the Avenfield corruption reference to ensure their presence before it on Friday.

The accountability court reserved the judgment in the Avenfield case after 117 hearings in which Sharif appeared for 78 times, Maryam Nawaz 80 times and Capt (retired) Safdar for 92 times. The hearing was completed in nine months and 20 days.

The National Accountability Bureau filed the Avenfield corruption reference against the Sharif family on September 8, 2017. Later, it also filed a supplementary reference in the same case on the basis of new evidence on January 22, 2018. The prosecution produced a total of 19 witnesses before the court in the Avenfield case.