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Pak judge recuses from hearing petition against conviction of Sharif family

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

A Pakistani has recused himself from hearing a petition filed against the conviction and sentencing of former Sharif, his daughter and in the Avenfield properties corruption case, a media report said today.

Lahore High Court's Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza, who headed a three-member bench constituted by on August 4 to hear the petition, recused himself citing personal reasons, Geo TV reported.

Justice and Justice made up the rest of the bench.

Following the breakup of the bench formed to hear the petition, Justice Mirza has referred the matter to

On July 6, Sharif, Maryam and Capt (retd) Safdar were convicted for not disclosing details of the purchase of four posh apartments in

The petition - moved by through AK Dogar - challenged the convictions, delivered under the National Accountability Ordinance 1999, on grounds that the National Accountability Bureau's law was no more valid after the implementation of 18th amendment.

Sharif was sentenced under this "dead law" which is illegal, Dogar argued in the petition, and requested to nullify the sentences of Sharif, his daughter and

The three-time is serving a 10-year jail term in a corruption case over his family's purchase of luxury apartments in He has been lodged in the since July 13.

Maryam, widely seen as Sharif's anointed political heir, was also found guilty and handed down seven years in prison with a USD 2.6 million fine. Her husband also received a one-year jail sentence. They are also serving their terms at

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 16:55 IST