Ousted PM appears before anti-graft court in two pending references

ISLAMABAD: Incarcerated former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on Monday to hear the remaining two corruption references against him and his kin.

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Accountability court II Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik is hearing the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references.

Earlier on Friday, accountability court has sought yet another extension to wind up two pending references against Sharif Family.

Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik on Friday submitted a written request to the Supreme Court seeking the fifth extension in the trial of Mr Sharif.

A three-judge bench comprising of Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the petition at Supreme Court , today.

Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references- Avenfield, Flagship, and Al-Aziza references, whereas Maryam and Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only.

On the other, Court declared Hassan and Hussain, sons of Nawaz Sharif, absconders as they hadn’t appeared before court since proceedings against him started last year.

On July 6, An accountability court sentenced Maryam, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, to eight years in prison with a £2-million fine (Rs335-million), and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar to a year in prison. Nawaz himself was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped with a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion).

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