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Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif given 10-year jail term

The verdict was delivered in one of the four cases of corruption against him— the Avenfield corruption case —related to the ownership of four flats in the posh Avenfield House in London

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IslamabadAn anti-corruption court in Islamabad on Friday sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison. His daughter Maryam Nawaz was sentenced to seven years in jail and son-in-law captain (retired) Safdar awarded one-year jail term.

The verdict was delivered in one of the four cases of corruption against him— the Avenfield corruption case —related to the ownership of four flats in the posh Avenfield House in London.

Nawaz Sharif wanted the announcement of the verdict delayed by a week, but that request was dismissed by the court today. Sharif, who is still in London along with Maryam, had said he wanted to hear the judgement of the case while standing in the courtroom where he “endured more than 100 hearings” with his daughter.

“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 Sharifs stated. Sharif has vowed to return to the country once her wife’s health improves.

Kulsoom, diagnosed with throat cancer last year, was shifted to the UK for further medical treatment. Since then, Maryam and Nawaz Sharif have made several trips back and forth from London to attend the hearings and attend to Kulsoom.

Sharif has previously described the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witchhunt.

The Avenfield case was among the four corruption cases filed against the former PM and his children by the NAB on the Supreme Court’s orders in the Panama Papers case which disqualified Nawaz Sharif.

Apart from Sharif, Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar are accused in the case. Nawaz Sharif’s two sons — Hasan and Hussain —also wanted in the case, have been declared proclaimed offenders owing to their no-show.

Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as Prime Minister in July 2017 by the Supreme Court following challenge to his office by opposition leader Imran Khan on the basis of publication of the Panama Papers, which alleged that the Sharif family stashed assets in London through offshore companies Nescoll and Nelson.

The companies are owned by Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz. Assets in question are four expensive flats in London worth over £200 million. His son admitted ownership of the flats. But denied that the flats were purchased through corruption money.

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