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PublishDate: Thursday, September 20, 2018 07:25

Pakistan court orders release of

AVA- The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday ordered the release of Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and Mohammad Safdar on bail pending their appeal hearings.
A two-member bench led by Justice Athar Minallah suspended the jail sentences while hearing the appeal against the convictions, which will stand even though their sentences have been suspended.
The court also ordered the trio be freed once they each post a bond of 500,000 rupees ($4,000).
Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison on July 6 in a corruption case linked to his family's purchase of upscale flats in London. His daughter, widely seen as his political heir, received a seven-year prison sentence. Safdar was given a one-year term.
Sharif remains barred from running for public office for life, after the Supreme Court in April ruled that he had lied on a parliamentary wealth declaration and that the disqualification from that crime would last for an indefinite period.
The Wednesday court ruling comes just a week after Sharif's wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, died from cancer in London. They were briefly allowed out of prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi to attend her funeral in the eastern city of Lahore but were later returned.
Hundreds of Sharif's supporters had gathered at the court ahead of the verdict, and chanted slogans praising him following the announcement of the sentence suspension.
The former prime minister had earlier censured the court proceedings as politically motivated and a judicial witch hunt.
The Sharif clan and their supporters have repeatedly denied allegations of corruption, suggesting the three-time premier is the victim of a conspiracy driven by Pakistan’s powerful military establishment.


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