Sharifs released two months after they began 10-year jail sentence for corruption.
Nawaz Sharif with daughter Maryam Nawaz
(Image source: Reuters)
September 20, 2018: Pakistan’s ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar were released from jail on Wednesday after the Islamabad High Court suspended the 10-year jail term.
The IHC’s division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb allowed the petitions of the Sharif family members against the accountability court’s July 6 judgment in the Avenfield Apartments reference.
Disgraced ex-Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif to be released from prison after a corruption sentence against him and his daughter is suspended by high court https://t.co/ORaXxVbkBC pic.twitter.com/PJyXXakloF
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 19, 2018
Supporters showered Sharif’s car with rose petals after he was freed from Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.
Sharif was sentenced in July after being found guilty of corrupt practices related to the ownership of four luxury properties in central London linked to his family.
He says the charges are politically motivated. The three-time prime minister was ousted from power a year earlier by Pakistan’s Supreme Court, after his children were linked to offshore companies in the Panama Paper leaks of 2015.
By Shaoni Sarkar