Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years for corruption

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years for corruption

His daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, considered his political heir, was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $2m.

The case pertains to a number of properties against the Sharif family in Avenfield House, Park Lane, London.

Sharif, 68, was ousted as prime minister and barred from holding political office by Pakistan's supreme court in April 2017.

Sharif and Maryam are now in London visiting Kulsoom, who is suffering from cancer and is undergoing treatment there.

The ruling came weeks before the general elections in Pakistan on July 25 and analysts say it could adversely hit the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the party headed by Sharif.

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Commentators said the party, which has no other charismatic leader, will have difficulty winning enough seats to form a government and is likely to wind up in a weak coalition that will face challenges from both the powerful security establishment and rising religiously-based parties.

July 6, 2018 - The NAB court convicts Sharif of corruption and sentences him in absentia to 10 years in prison. "The morale to fight against oppression has increased today". They had requested the judge for a seven-day exemption, saying they want to be present in the court when the judgment is announced.

On Friday, the accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict, handing Nawaz Sharif a 10-year prison term and an £8 million fine in the Avenfield properties reference. Maryam's husband, retired army Capt. Safdar Awan, got a one-year sentence for failing to cooperate with the National Accountability Bureau.

The court also ordered confiscation of Avenfield apartments in favour of Pakistan. "It is a victory of the NAB prosecution", Abbasi said.

November 2, 2016 - Supreme Court agrees to set up a judicial commission to probe corruption allegations against Sharif, stemming from Panama Papers leaks.

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Apart from Sharif, Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar are accused in the case.

The PTI chairman said that his party raised the issue in the parliament but nothing was done, adding that Nawaz Sharif's sons admitted of the ownership of London flats when Panama Papers scandal emerged.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam have made several trips back and forth from London to attend the hearings and attend to the ailing Kulsoom.

Khan is also hoping to become the country's next prime minister.

He said that when his party staged protest demonstration in London against Sharif family's flats in 1998 because the nation's money was sent overseas.

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