Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison

Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison

Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison

Nawaz Sharif has been fined eight million pounds and Maryam Nawaz two million pounds. "(Ret.) Capt. Safdar Awan, husband of Maryam, has been sentenced one year's imprisonment (over non-cooperation with NAB)", said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor, Sardar Muzaffar, outside the court.

The NAB court ordered Sharif to pay a fine of 8 million pounds ($10.6 million) and fined Maryam 2 million pounds, while ordering the confiscation of the London properties on behalf of the Pakistani government, Abbasi said.

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

"We reject this decision", his brother Shahbaz Sharif, who is leading the PML-N into Pakistan's second ever democratic transition of power, told a televised press conference in Lahore shortly after the verdict.

The Avenfield case was among the three corruption cases filed against the former premier and his children by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case which disqualified Sharif.

The case is connection with several high-profile properties brought by the Sharif family in London in mid-1990s.

On June 14, both Sharif and his daughter left for the United Kingdom after they were granted a brief exemption from the ongoing trial.

Small protests quickly broke out after the verdict at the court in Islamabad, which was surrounded by heavy security, and in some other Pakistani cities including Multan in Punjab, the Sharif dynasty's provincial stronghold.

July 28, 2017 - Pakistan Supreme Court declares Sharif disqualified from office for not declaring income from a company in United Arab Emirates, which was not in original Panama Papers revelations. She called on the nation to stand with her father who had faced similar situations in the past and remained steadfast.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were in those apartments as they listened to the verdict.

Sharif has a history of conflict with the military even though his political career was initially nurtured by military dictator Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s. Abbasi said, "At a stage when the court concludes the trial and fixes a date for the final announcement, the accused can not file application for any relief".

Khan told an election rally in the country's northwest that Sharif might have escaped punishment if he had not waged a legal battle against him years ago. He denies colluding with the military and praises the disqualifications and prosecutions of PML-N figures as a long-needed crackdown on graft.

Following the coup he was allowed to go into exile in Saudi Arabia, returning in 2007 before becoming prime minister for a third time in 2013.

The proceeding in the Avenfield reference began in September and the accountability court indicted Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar on October 19.

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