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Nawaz Sharif exempted from personal appearance in corruption case

He submitted an application seeking a one-time exemption from personal appearance for the former premier.

SNS | New Delhi |

An accountability court on Saturday allowed ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif exemption from personal appearance on medical grounds in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills corruption case till the next hearing.

A lawyer told the court that Sharif was still under treatment in London and doctors had not permitted him to travel by air so far, Dawn news reported.

He submitted an application seeking a one-time exemption from personal appearance for the former premier.

Presiding Judge Ameer Muhammad Khan allowed the application and adjourned hearing till January 17.

The former premier will be admitted to the hospital soon for a cardiac procedure.

Last year, in November, Sharif underwent a range of tests, including PET and CT scan, at a hospital in the UK to find out the exact cause behind his low platelet count.

Earlier, Khan had said that the PET scan will give a clearer picture of the reasons behind Nawaz Sharif’s low platelet count and that once this is determined, the ailing politician will undergo a cardiac procedure.

On October 25, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had bailed Nawaz Sharif indefinitely on medical grounds in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, days after he was taken to Services Hospital from Kot Lakhpat Jail after the deterioration of his health.

Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference on 24 December 2018. Rs1.5 billion and the US $25 million fine, a disqualification of 10 years from holding any public office was part of the sentences awarded to the former premier.

Sharif had also secured bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case from the Lahore High Court on the same ground.