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Hanif Abbasi gets bail after LHC suspends sentence

Hanif Abbasi gets bail after LHC suspends sentence

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday suspended the sentence of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi’s life sentence in the ephedrine quota case and ordered his release, according to media reports.

In January, Abbasi moved a petition in the LHC challenging the life imprisonment awarded to him last year. In the petition, Abbasi maintained that the life imprisonment sentence and Rs1 million fine should be suspended and he should be released on bail.

On September 22, the convicted PML-N leader was moved to Attock Jail following a controversy over a ‘leaked’ photo of him lounging with party supremo Nawaz Sharif in Adiala jail.

In the days leading up to the July 25 general elections, an anti-narcotics court handed down life imprisonment to former MNA Abbasi in the eight-year-old ephedrine quota case.