Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and Captain (Retd) Safdar have filed an appeal against the Avenfield verdict in the Islamabad High Court on Monday.
An accountability court had sentenced Nawaz Sharif to a total of 11 years in prison and whooping high fine of Rs 1.3 billion in the corruption reference. His daughter Maryam Nawaz was sentenced to eight years with a fine of Rs 335 million. Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Capt (Retd) Safdar was given a one-year sentence without any fine.
The appeal against the Avenfield verdict highlights the legal flaws in the Avenfield judgments, and asks for the accountability court’s verdict to be declared null and void and the three convicts to be released on bail.
According to the appeal, Wajid Zia, Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head and key witness himself acknowledged that a reaction to the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) request not received. He further added that leveling charges without accepting a reaction to the MLA was unappropriate.
Lawful guidance of the convicts have fought that the arraignment’s witness Robert Radley not just expressed that Calibri font test version was available, he confessed to having downloaded and utilized the Calibri textual style which was accessible as pre-arrival of Windows Vista acknowledged as BETA-1 since 2005. He also accepted that he was not a computer geek or It expert or computer expert.
Both father daughter duo arrived in Pakistan on Friday evening. They were arrested upon their arrival in Lahore and shifted to Adiala Jail in separate convoys. Capt. Safdar was arrested earlier on July 9.
Maryam Nawaz’s appeal against the Avenfield verdict was drafted on Saturday; however, her legal counsels who were in Adiala Jail to get the power of attorney signed by their client were unable to file the petition before the court hours ended. The accountability court hours last till 1pm during summer vacations.
Avenfield Reference Case Trial
The Avenfield Reference case trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017.
After four extensions in the six month deadline to conclude three corruption cases, the accountability court announced its verdict in the Avenfield reference on July 6.
Nawaz Sharif and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, were accused in all three corruption references whereas Maryam Nawaz and Capt. Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only.
The two brothers, living abroad, have been absent since the case proceedings started last year. Both brothers were declared proclaimed offenders by the accountability court.
Supreme Court granted another six-week extension for Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir to conclude the remaining corruption references against Nawaz Sharif and former finance minister Ishaq Dar on July 10.