Fact Sheet | Maryam’s Legal Woes And The ECL
After the second petition filed by Maryam Nawaz against the government’s decision to keep her name on the no-fly list, she has been told by the Lahore High Court (LHC) to wait for the federal government’s decision on whether or not her name can be removed from the Exit Control List (ECL).
Maryam Nawaz’s legal troubles stem from her implication in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case and charges of abetment in the Avenfield property case.
In the Avenfield case, Maryam Nawaz received 7 years of imprisonment for abetment after she was found “instrumental in concealment of the properties of her father” and, concurrently, 1 year for non-cooperation with the accountability bureau. Aside from conspiring with her father, the judgement stated that “The trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus.”
In September 2018, the Islamabad High Court had accepted the petitions of those convicted and suspended the prison sentences for Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar. When accountability authorities challenged this in the Supreme Court, the latter upheld the decision of the IHC.
In the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, Maryam Nawaz is a suspect who is free on bail. Nevertheless, her name is on the ECL. In her petitions before judicial authorities, she has taken the position that the proceedings against her are politically motivated. Earlier, she had argued that her name was placed on the ECL without notice and without any opportunity of hearing.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) suspects Maryam of involvement in money laundering through investments of variable amounts, being the main shareholder of the CSM. The allegations against her suggest that she was involved in money laundering with the help of foreigners during 1992-93, a time when her father Nawaz Sharif was Prime Minister of Pakistan.
With the Avenfield verdict suspended, it is the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case which still prevents her from traveling freely.