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Pakistan’s Highest Court Grants Bail to Former Prime Minister

KARACHI, Pakistan – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday granted bail to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for six months on medical reasons, Dawn news reported Tuesday.
The high court, headed by three-member Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, suspended Sharif’s seven-year prison term and ordered him to be released on bail of 5 million rupees (approximately $36,000) for six weeks, local broadcaster Geo News said in a report.
However, the former Pakistani prime minister will not be allowed to travel abroad during this period for medical care or any other purpose, said the Supreme Court.
In February, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected Sharif’s request for bail on “no foundation” medical grounds.
Sharif, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence in a corruption case stemming from the whistleblowing scandal, Panama Papers in 2016, challenged the IHC ruling in the Supreme Court.
The former prime minister, who has had two open-heart surgeries, was convicted in two out of three corruption cases and exonerated in the third.
In the first case, Sharif, 69, was sentenced to 10 years in prison last July by a high court in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, but the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended his sentence in September.
His daughter and potential political heir, Maryam Nawaz, and his son-in-law, Mohammad Safdar, were also sentenced to seven years and one year in prison respectively.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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