Al-Azizia case: IHC to hear Nawaz plea for suspension of jail term

Islamabad, Jan 7: The Islamabad High Court on Monday will take up a ­petition filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking suspension of his ­sentence in the Al-Azizia/Hill Metal Establishment reference.

As per the cause list issued by the IHC on Saturday, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Min­allah and senior puisne judge Justice Aamer Farooq will hear the petition filed by Sharif, Dawn reported. 

The ex-PM’s legal team had last week filed the petition as well as an appeal against his conviction in the Al-Azizia reference. The IHC registrar office had raised some administrative objections to the petition as the legal team submitted with it over 4,000 documents, including papers in foreign languages. Some documents were not readable due to which the petition was fixed for hearing after some delay.

Accountability court judge Mohammad Arshad Malik had on Dec 24, 2018 convicted Mr Sharif in the Al-Azizia/Hill Metal Establishment reference and awarded him seven years imprisonment, besides imposing a fine of Rs1.5 billion and $25 million.

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