Live: Nawaz Sharif’s Avenfield corruption case; verdict delayed again



04:05

More delay in Nawaz Sharif Avenfield reference  verdict

The verdict of Avenfield reference has been delayed once again. It was reported earlier that the judge is reading out the order but the journalists were not allowed in, however, court staff later informed the reporters that media will be permitted inside.


03:40

Judge Mohammad Bashir announcing verdict

The judge is reading out the much-awaited order of Avenfield  reference.


03:07 pm

Nawaz Sharif’s Avenfield corruption case verdict delayed again 

Verdict in Nawaz Sharif’s Avenfield corruption case has been delayed again and shall be announced at 03:30 pm. Giving reasons of the delay, Judge  Mohammad Bashir said court staff is busy in making photocopies of the  verdict that is taking time.

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03:00 pm

Nawaz Sharif’s Avenfield corruption case; verdict about to be announced

Verdict in Nawaz Sharif’s Avenfield corruption case is about to be announced shortly by Judge Mohammad Bashir.

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The court on Tuesday reserved its verdict in the Avenfield properties reference against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar.

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02:45 pm

Maryam Nawaz and Ishaq Dar have reached Avenfield  apartments, where they will hear the verdict with Nawaz Sharif.


02:30 pm

The registrar  of the  court  stated that the judgement will be  announced by 03:00 pm. There was no information as to what caused the delay.


12:30 pm

The accountability court has further delayed the  announcement of verdict  till 02:30 pm. 


11:00 am

Judge Mohammad Bashir rejected Nawaz Sharif’s plea to delay the verdict in   Avenfield case  and remarked that the verdict would be announced at 12:30 pm.


10:40 am

Commenting on the outcome of the verdict, senior journalist Suhail Warraich told Geo News that PML-N’s election campaign will be affected badly in case  the former prime minister is   sentenced.

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10:25 am

Capt (retd) Safdar, who is  a co-accused in Avenfield  case, is busy in his election campaign in his hometown Mansehra.  


09:56 am

The verdict on Sharif family plea  to delay the verdict has been reserved and would be announced in an hour.


09:44 am

Judge  Mohammad Bashir  has resumed the hearing of Avenfield case.


09:35 am

Although  heavy security arrangements were in place, no senior PML-N leader other than Dr Asif Kirmani is present  at the court.


09:15 am

The Accountability  court will announce the verdict at 09:30 am.


09:00 am

Talking to reporters outside court, Maryam Nawaz counsel’s Amjad Pervez said he  was hopeful of a favourable verdict. When  asked to comment on Capt Safdar, Pervez said  he is not in contact with him and has no information whether Nawaz’s son-in-law would attend today’s hearing or not.


Background

On Monday, Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were given a two-day exemption from appearing in the court and ordered   to ensure their presence in court when the verdict  is read out today.

The court had also declared Hassan and Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offender in the same reference.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have been in London since June 14 to look after Kulsoom Nawaz, who is under intensive care there.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has requested the Accountability Court to delay the verdict in the Avenfield reference “for a few days only” as he wants to hear it in person.

Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed references against them in the light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case last year.





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