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IHC to hear Nawaz Sharif’s bail plea on medical grounds

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday will hear a bail petition filed by former premier Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference case on the basis of medical grounds.
The petition has sought bail and suspension of Sharif’s sentence with a reasoning that he has been suffering from heart and kidney problems along with hypertension.
On January 28, the IHC adjourned the hearing till Feb 6 (today).
Subsequently, the court issued notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and directed the jail superintendent to submit all medical reports of Sharif on the next hearing.
The accountability court on December 24 convicted Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference and sentenced him to seven years in prison, and acquitted him in the Flagship reference case filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Mega corruption scandal.
In the 131-page judgement written by the accountability court judge Arshad Malik, reasons of his conviction were mentioned.
It said that the prosecution had successfully established all the ingredients of the offence of corruption committed by Sharif, and that he had failed to provide legal money trail of his assets.
Later, Sharif was arrested from the premises of the accountability court.
After spending a night at the Adiyala Jail in Rawalpindi, he was shifted to the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.
Earlier, the NAB had filed three cases – Avenfield, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, and offshore companies, including Flagship Investment Limited – against the Sharifs on the Supreme Court’s directives in the July 2017 Panamagate verdict.
The trial commenced later in September that year.