Pakistani ex-PM Nawaz returns back to jail as bail expires

Islamabad, May 8, IRNA – Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has returned back to jail after the expiry of his six-week bail in a corruption case, local media reported

Earlier the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday rejected Nawaz’s plea seeking an extension in his bail period. The Court also rejected Nawaz’s request to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz leader’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and other party leaders accompanied him to the jail.

Hundreds of PML-N workers turned up on the occasion to express solidarity with the party supremo and showered his vehicle with rose petals.

Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison and was fined Rs1.5 billion and $25 million in the Al-Azizia corruption reference by an accountability court on December 24, 2018.

The former premier had filed a bail plea in the Islamabad High Court on medical grounds, but it was turned down as the high court noted that 'none of the reports [about Sharif's condition] suggest that continued imprisonment of the petitioner, in any way, would be detrimental to his life'.

Later he moved the Supreme Court which granted the bail to former PM on medical grounds for six weeks.

Sharif family has been fighting a series of cases on accusations of money-laundering, tax evasion and hiding offshore assets.

On July 28, 2017, the Supreme Court verdict had, besides disqualifying then Prime Minister Nawaz from his position, also directed the accountability authority to file three references – regarding the family's Avenfield Properties, Al-Azizia, and Flagship Investment – before the accountability court.

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