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Pakistan: former Prime Minister Sharif will remain in prison during the elections

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The Pakistani court rejected appeals filed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and his son-in-law, for bail and suspension of their convictions.

The 68-year-old leader of the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz Sharif, his daughter-in-law Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, appealed to the high court of Islamabad on Monday, July 16, challenging the verdict in the corruption case. However, the court decided to postpone the hearing of these appeals until the last week of July. They were hoping to get out of prison before the July 25 elections to increase the chances of their party, NDTV reports.

The court also refused to suspend the conviction in the case pending appeals.

Earlier the assistant to the Sharif and the leader of the party Parviz Rasheed asked the court to decide the appeal, not wasting any time. “We want the appeal to be resolved as quickly as the trial,” he said.

Recall, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan was sentenced to 10 years in prison, his daughter Maryam Nawaz (Maryam Nawaz) was sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of 2 million pounds, and her husband Muhammad Safdar – to one year in prison. The court also ordered the seizure of the four apartments of the Sharif family in the Avenfield House, a luxury building near Hyde Park in London.

Sharif was arrested on July 13, immediately after returning home. The former Prime Minister returned to the country with his daughter Maryam from London,where his seriously ill wife is.

After his arrest, Sharif was placed in Adial prison in Rawalpindi. According to Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of the former Prime Minister, who visited the former head of the government in custody, the prisoner is in “terrible” conditions. According to him, Nawaz “did not even give the newspaper to read, his mattress was on the floor, and the toilet is very dirty, there is no air conditioning in the cell.”
According to Reuters, the police opened criminal cases against nearly 17,000 members of the Sharif party in connection with the violation of the election rules.