The Lahore High Court has ordered his release
The Lahore High Court has suspended PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s sentence in the ephedrine case.
A two-member bench, headed by Justice Alia Neelum, announced the verdict on Thursday. His jail sentence has been suspended until the court announces the verdict in his appeal challenging the sentencing.
Abbasi was imprisoned for life after being convicted of obtaining a large amount of ephedrine, which is a controlled substance, and then selling it to narcotic smugglers. A trial court had sentenced him on July 21, 2018. He was completing the sentence at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.
Abbasi, who was the PML-N’s candidate for Rawalpindi’s NA-60, could not contest election after the judgement.
He had challenged the verdict in the Lahore High Court. He said that the allegations weren’t proven against him. His lawyer said that the ephedrine was sold to pharmaceutical companies. But, those companies were not named in the case in the anti-narcotics court.
His son Hammas said his father was being punished for crimes he didn’t commit. He was in jail for nine months.
The judge said that there were no recoveries in the case, the son said.