Hanif Abbasi released from Camp Jail


LAHORE (DNA) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi has Saturday been released from Lahore’s Camp Jail on bail following the Lahore High Court (LHC) order.The bail was granted against two surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. PML-N workers in large numbers welcomed Hanif Abbasi outside the Camp Jail by showering flower petals. He visited Data Darbar afterwards.Hanif Abbasi was granted bail after eight months and 22 days of captivity, during which he remained in Adiala Jail, Kot Lakhpat Jail and Camp Jail.The PML-N leader was sentenced to life on July 22 by a special anti-narcotics court in ephedrine quota case, four days before the general elections.Abbasi faced charges of misusing 500kg of the controlled chemical ephedrine, which he obtained for his company, Gray Pharmaceuticals, in 2010.The court, in its verdict announced after six years, had ruled that 363kg of ephedrine quota could be accounted for, adding that Abbasi failed to provide evidence of the use of remaining quantity of the drug.On April 11, a two-member Lahore High Court bench had suspended life sentence of Hanif Abbasi in ephedrine case and ordered to release him.