Islamabad HC Acquits Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif In 2 Corruption Cases

New Delhi: Islamabad High Court on Wednesday acquitted Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in two corruption cases in which he was convicted in 2018.

Sharif, who returned home from self-imposed exile in October, had challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) his sentences in the Avenfield property and Al-Azizia cases.

The verdict was announced by a two-member bench comprising IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb on Nawaz’s appeal against his conviction in the case, reported Pakistan-based Dawn.

In July 2018, an accountability court sentenced the PML-N leader to 10 years in jail in the Avenfield properties corruption reference. The case pertains to assets beyond known income and one-year sentence for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The sentences were to be served concurrently, Dawn reported.

He was sentenced in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case to seven years in jail in December 2018.

Sharif went to London in 2019 and could not return and was declared a proclaimed offender in both cases in December 2020 by the IHC. He came back last month after nearly four years of self-exile and his appeals were revived. 

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