Former Premier Nawaz Sharif is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, while Maryam Nawaz is sentenced to 7 years in prison on Friday in the Avenfield Reference verdict.
Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the much awaited Avenfield Reference verdict today after several delays.
Maryam Nawaz’s husband Capt (Retd) Safdar was given a one year sentence in Avenfield Reference case.
Additionally, the three accused were also fined 8 million pounds.
The accountability court delayed the judgment four times today before announcing the verdict. Earlier the court set four deadlines 3:30pm, 3pm, 2:30 pm and 12:30pm.
Judges only allowed lawyers of both parties inside the court while announcing the Avenfield Properties Reference verdict. Media was not allowed inside the chambers.
He then stated that the media will be called in when the judgment is being read out.
Earlier, the judge, present inside his court, had issued the delay notices through the court staff. The 3:30 pm deadline was informed of by the judge himself.
The judge justified the delay by saying that they have to make an appropriate number of photocopies of the judgment for distribution to the relevant parties.
All eyes are set on the accountability court hearing the high-profile corruption cases against the former prime minister and his family.
Strict security arrangements, including paramilitary personnel, are in place at the Federal Judicial Complex, where the court is located. Roads leading to court were closed for traffic.