IHC defers Sharif family appeal against Avenfield conviction

The Islamabad High Court has adjourned Sharif family’s appeal against suspension of conviction they were handed down in the Avenfield properties case.

The court directed its registrar to set the petition’s hearing on Sept 9.

It was filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar.

The Sharif family members are serving their sentence in Adiala jail.

They had appealed the court to suspend their jail term till it announces ruling over a similar petition against the conviction by an Accountability Court.

Justice Athar Minallah said the court will prepare a proper order in the case after Sept 9.

A separate bench is likely to hear both the petitions.

On July 6 this year, an accountability court sentenced the trio in one of the three references against them – Avenfield, involving the purchase of luxury flats.

Sharif was awarded 10 years in jail and his daughter was awarded seven. Safdar was also handed a one-year sentence in the case.

The other two corruption cases–Al-Azizia Steel Mills and the Hill Metal Establishment (Flagship Investment)–are being heard by Islamabad’s Accountability Court No. 2.