Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption

Nawaz Maryam entering the court premises earlier this year

Nawaz Maryam entering the court premises earlier this year

A Pakistani anti-corruption court today sentenced former PM Nawaz Sharif to 10 years and his daughter Maryam for 7 years imprisonment in the Avenfield corruption case. His daughter Maryam, widely seen as his political heir, was sentenced to a seven-year term, Geo TV and several other TV channels said.

Nawaz Sharif was also fined 10 million pounds in the case.

The court asked the national anti-corruption bureau to launch a probe into the allegations against Sharif, which stem from the Panama Papers leak a year ago linking his family to lucrative offshore businesses.

"In the interest of justice, the announcement of order in the titled reference may be postponed for a minimum of seven days period", the applications by the Sharifs stated.

1976 - Enters politics, joining the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) after the Sharif family steel business was nationalised under the government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the beginning of a long political rivalry between the families.

"This isn't new for Nawaz Sharif". The Avenfield reference pertains to the purchase of four flats in Avenfield House, Park Lane, London.

Mr. Hussain Nawaz admitted ownership of the flats but denied that they were purchased through corruption money.

In October, the accountability court had indicted the disqualified politician, his daughter, and her husband, Awan. Their trial is expected to be held separately in which the two brothers are declared proclaimed offenders in the three graft references.

The Supreme Court disqualified him as not being truthful in his tax returns by not showing a salary as board of chairman of a Dubai-based company. The Accountability Court judge sought three extensions from the apex court before completing the probe last week after more than nine months. The PML-N sweeps back to power in an election the gives its allies a solid National Assembly majority. "On July 26, a new Pakistan will be born", he vowed.

Sharif was forced to relinquish his leadership position from his party, ending his active involvement in its political affairs.

April 13, 2018 - The Supreme Court further rules Sharif is banned from political office for life. History will remember this verdict in black words. We will fight in higher courts to reverse this judgment.

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