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LHC suspends Hanif Abbasi’s life sentence in ephedrine case

Hanif Abbasi

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday suspended life imprisonment sentence awarded to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi, in ephedrine quota case and ordered his release.
According to details, a two-member bench headed by Justice Alia Neelum announced the verdict and ordered to release PML-N former MNA.
At outset of the hearing in the LHC, public prosecutor said in his arguments that Abbasi illegally sold 137 kg of ephedrine to Grace Pharmaceutical Company.
To this, PML-N leader’s counsel said his client was awarded sentence by the lower court by neglecting the facts of the case. “Ephedrine was sold to different company through legal procedure”, he added.
The honourable bench after listening to the arguments from both sides, suspended Abbasi’s sentence and ordered his release in the case.
The PML-N leader was arrested just four days before the general election in the country last year. A former MNA, Abbasi was to contest the 2018 general election from NA-60 Rawalpindi.
Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had registered a case against Abbasi and others in June 2012 under sections 9-C, 14 and 15 of the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Act for misuse of 500kg of ephedrine.
Hanif Abbasi was awarded life term sentence by a special anti-narcotics court on June 22, while seven other accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence. – NNI