Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Pakistan court orders release of Nawaz Sharif, daughter Mariam

Pakistan court orders release of Nawaz Sharif, daughter Mariam

They have previously said they would appeal any convictions. "Their destination remains Adiala", Javed cleared.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar, were released from Adiala jail on Wednesday after the Islamabad High Court suspended their respective prison sentences in the Avenfield corruption reference earlier in the day. The court also directed them to submit bail bonds worth Rs 5 lakh each.

"Right now the judges have just decided that there is enough reasonable doubt in the verdict of the accountability court for them [Sharif family] to be set free", he explained.

The Sharifs' convictions are still under appeal with the same Islamabad High Court, but a judge on Wednesday ruled they should be freed immediately while the case continues. Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 11 years in prison, while Maryam was sentenced to eight years and Safdar was sentenced to one years in prison in the Avenfield properties reference.

Another supporter in the crowd, Naveed Abbasi, said he is convinced Sharif was a victim of conspiracy but that, " God willing, the people will make Nawaz Sharif again the prime minister ... for a record fourth time".

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"It was written in the accountability court verdict that Nawaz had not been involved in corruption", the opposition leader noted, saying that soon Nawaz would be among them.

The cases against the family stemmed from Panama Papers case in April 2016. The Court has earlier reserved the verdict after both sides concluded their arguments. The Sharif family's lawyers will now have to establish that their clients had been initially sentenced on invalid grounds to substantiate this interim relief.

The court said precedents of the Supreme Court "bound the NAB to follow certain procedures" in order to shift the burden of proof on accused persons, the report.

In a blow to Pakistan's anti-corruption watchdog, the Islamabad High Court also dismissed the National Accountability Bureau's request to first announce a judgment on the maintainability of the pleas. "Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart".

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