LHC Suspends Abbasi’s Life Sentence

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LHC Suspends Abbasi's Life Sentence

Lahore High Court (LHC), on Thursday, has suspended life sentence of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi in ephedrine case.

According to details, a two-member bench headed by Justice Alia Neelum announced the verdict and ordered to release PML-N former MNA.

On July 22, a special anti-narcotics court had handed life imprisonment to Hanif Abbasi in ephedrine quota case, four days before the general elections in the country.

Abbasi, who was contesting the upcoming election from NA-60 Rawalpindi, faced charges of misusing 500 kg of the controlled chemical ephedrine, which he obtained for his company, Gray Pharmaceuticals, in 2010.

The court, in its verdict announced after six years, ruled that 363 kg of ephedrine quota could be accounted for, adding that Abbasi failed to provide evidence of the use of remaining quantity of the drug.

The court acquitted seven other accused in the case, giving them the benefit of doubt.