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Accountability court judge recuses himself from hearing references against Sharif family

ISLAMABAD: Justice Mohammad Bashir, the accountability court judge who sentenced former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family members in the Avenfield case, has recused himself from hearing the other two corruption references against the Sharif family, sources told ARY News on Monday.

According to sources, the judge has written a letter to Islamabad High Court (IHC) recusing himself from hearing Al-Azizia and Flagship references against Nawaz Sharif and his family.

The judge maintained that the repsondent’s (Nawaz Sharif) counsel has objected on the move so he cannot hear the other two references and the cases should be transferred to some other court.

The judge added that if required, he could also be transferred.

The judge, in his July 6 verdict in Avenfield case, handed former premier Nawaz Sharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond income and 1 year for not cooperating with NAB in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

His daughter Maryam Nawaz was given 7 years for abetment, and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar was given 1 year for non-cooperation with the anti-graft authority.

Captain (retd) Safdar was arrested on Sunday, July 8 while Maryam Nawaz and Nawaz Sharif are due to return on July 13, Friday.

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