Ephedrine quota case: PML-N's Hanif Abbasi challenges life sentence in LHC

Published: January 12, 2019
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An anti-narcotics court in July handed down life imprisonment to the PML-N leade in an eight-year-old ephedrine case. PHOTO: EXPRESS

An anti-narcotics court in July handed down life imprisonment to the PML-N leade in an eight-year-old ephedrine case. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi has filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court, challenging the life imprisonment sentence awarded to him in the ephedrine quota case, Express News reported on Saturday.

In the petition, Abbasi maintains that the life imprisonment sentence and one million rupee fine should be suspended and that he should be released on bail.

LHC to hear Hanif Abbasi’s bail petition

The petition submitted to the LHC chief justice states that a challenge was previously filed in Rawalpindi, but the judges recused themselves from the hearing and a new bench was never formed to hear the case.

Abbasi’s counsel, Azam Nazeer Tarrar, contended that his client has been in jail for the past six months over an “illegal sentence”.

He requested the court to form a bench in Lahore to hear the appeal.

PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi jailed for life

The LHC chief justice has sought the case file from the Rawalpindi bench, and a special division bench will now take up Abbasi’s appeal next week.

LHC to hear Hanif Abbasi’s bail petition

In July 2018, an anti-narcotics court sentenced Abbasi to life in prison in the eight-year-old ephedrine quota case.

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