On October 26, the Islamabad High Court reinstated the appeals of a former Prime Minister against his convictions in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases.
The Registrar’s Office of the Islamabad High Court announced on Tuesday that a restricted number of journalists, as well as individuals with security passes, will be permitted to attend the court’s proceedings on Wednesday for the hearing of appeals by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases.
The three-time former prime minister received a 10-year prison term in July 2018 for possessing assets that exceeded his known income. Additionally, he was given a one-year sentence for failing to cooperate with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), with both sentences to be served at the same time.
In December of that same year, the politician involved in the Al-Aziza Steel Mills corruption case was given a seven-year prison sentence.
After receiving approval from the Lahore High Court, Nawaz went to London in November 2019 for medical treatment. Following a self-imposed exile of four years, he returned to Pakistan on October 21.
After returning home, the ex-prime minister submitted two different applications, arguing that during his time abroad for medical treatment and the pending appeals were dismissed due to lack of prosecution, he now wants his appeals against his conviction in both cases to be reinstated.