Strict security arrangements in place for Nawaz Sharif first appearance in Court since his conviction

Strict security arrangements in place for Nawaz Sharif first appearance in Court since his conviction

ISLAMABAD - Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will appear in an accountability court Monday which will mark the beginning of his trial in Al Azizia and Flagship references.

Monday will mark the PML-N supremo’s first appearance out of Adiala jail premises in a month. Authorities have completed foolproof security arrangements for the hearing in the federal judicial complex.

The accountability court on Thursday ordered officials concerned to produce Nawaz Sharif before the court in corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

During the hearing headed by Justice Mohammad Arshad Malik, NAB’s Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar said that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) accepted Nawaz s plea to transfer the references.

The former premier is serving prison sentence in Avenfield reference while his sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz have been declared absconders as they are not appearing in the court, he added.

The deputy prosecutor general said that Nawaz was not presented before the court after his arrest due to security concerns.

Subsequently, the court also ordered Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia to attend the hearing on Monday.

Earlier, bench, hearing Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar’s plea against their sentences in Avenfield reference, dissolved after Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza recused himself from the case.

Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia for ten years, seven years and one year respectively, in Avenfield verdict.

Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar, who had planned to contest the recently held election, were also disqualified from contesting polls for 10 years each.

The sentence and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came almost a year after Supreme Court removed Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life.

Nawaz Sharif was convicted under section 9(a)(5) of the NAB ordinance.

The case stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property owned by the Sharif family in London.