Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, and Nawaz’s husband, appealed to the Islamabad High Court [official website] on Monday, challenging their convictions handed down by a Pakistani anticorruption court earlier this month.
Sharif, Nawaz and her husband were arrested on Friday upon arriving in Pakistan to face their sentences. Sharif was sentenced [Independent report] to 10 years in prison and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, and Nawaz was sentenced to seven years.
The court on Tuesday rejected Sharif’s first request [Hindustan Times report] for release on bail until the court had time to review the main appeal concerning the corruption charges. Another portion of the appeal requests two other corruption cases against Sharif to be moved to the Islamabad high court.
In 2017 Sharif was indicted on corruption charges by his opposing party and was forced to step down by the Supreme Court of Pakistan [JURIST reports]. Then in April, the court banned [JURIST report] him from politics for life in ruling [judgment, PDF] that a person would be disqualified for life if the court found that they were not “honest” or “truthful” at any point in their career.