Nawaz, Maryam meet legal team at Adiala jail

Nawaz, Maryam meet legal team at Adiala jail

Rawalpindi (Staff Report):  The lawyers of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar visited them at Adiala Jail on Saturday.

The lawyers comprising Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris and Maryam’s lawyer Amjad Pervaiz met the duo and Maryam's husband Captain (retd) Safdar and discussed with them the sentence following conviction in Avenfied case and other legal matters.

Talking to the media after the meeting, Advocate Pervaiz said, "Mian Sb is determined and hopeful."

He said that the former PM feels he was not granted the facilities that he should have been given.

The lawyer, while speaking about the health of Capt (retd) Safdar, said that he is a heart patient and his medical records are available.

Pervaiz said that Maryam refused to to avail better facilities.

On Thursday, Adiala Jail authorities did not allow the lawyers to meet the imprisoned members of Sharif family.

The legal team comprising Khawaja Haris, Amjad Pervez, Barrister Saad Hashmi, and Zafir Khan reached the jail at 11am for a scheduled meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar following their conviction in the Avenfield case.

On Wednesday, Khawaja Haris informed the accountability judge, hearing the corruption cases against Sharif, that jail administration was not allowing them to meet his client.

The jail superintendent contacted Haris After the hearing and decided that a meeting between the counsel and clients will be held on Thursday. But today, they were informed that the meeting has been canceled when they reached the Adiala Jail.

According to Haris, an Adiala Jail assistant superintendent had explained that the lawyers’ meeting had been cancelled as Thursday was for visiting family members and others.

On July 6, the court awarded ousted premier to 10 years and Maryam Nawaz to 7 years imprisonment in the Avenfield corruption reference, while Capt (retd) Safdar will also face one year jail term in the case.

Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict.

Moreover, Nawaz and Maryam were also fined 8 and 2 million pounds respectively. The court ordered to confiscate the property in question, suggesting the government to do legislation to bring plundered money back to the country.

In the 100-page decision, Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir also sentenced Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, to seven years in jail for forgery and making assets through illegal sources in the landmark decision. She has been ordered to pay a fine of £2 million (Rs320 million). Capt (r) Safdar Awan, who is the son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif, was jailed for one year for cheating.