Published On: Wed, Jul 18th, 2018

Sharif Family Appeals Against Avenfield Reference Verdict In IHC

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On Monday, an appeal was submitted by the convicted Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and retired Captain Safdar in opposition to the Avenfield case decision in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

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The Sharifs were recently found guilty by an accountability court in Islamabad in the Avenfield properties reference.

Court announced the verdicton July 6 which sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 11 years in prison and also imposed a heavy fine of approximately Rs1.3 billion.

Meanwhile his daughter Maryam was given a sentence of 8 years in prison along with a Rs335 million fine. Furthermore his son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar was punished with a 1-year sentence.

According to some sources, Maryam’s appeal was listed on Saturday. Her legal counselors’ team was not able to petition it before the end of court time.

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During summer vacations, court hours last till 1pm. The team of attorneys was present in the Adiala Jail when the appeal was drafted and at the time of filing as well.

The appeal says that the prosecution witness Wajid Zia, who also headed the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT), himself admitted that a reply to Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) request was not received.

In addition, an appeal against executing the rest of the two NAB references in the jail was also filed by Nawaz’s attorney Khawaja Haris and Safdar and Maryam’s attorney Amjad Pervaiz on the complainant’s behalf.

Furthermore, the defense counsel also requested for the transfer of case to any other accountability court in a separate appeal.

The convicts’ lawyers also argued on the reliability of a prosecution’s witness, Robert Radley that he said Calibri font was available for testing purposes whereas he acknowledged that he downloaded and then used the Calibri font.

Meanwhile, he also admitted that he was neither an IT expert nor a computer genius.

Talking to the reporters in Islamabad, AmjadPervaiz said that the Avenfield reference verdict is not at all in accordance with the law and demanded the court that it be declared null and void. He showed confidence in the case by saying that their case is powerful and strong.

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