Nawaz Sharif gets 10-year jail in corruption case

07 July, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Nawaz and Maryam outside the court premises this year

Pakistan's anti-corruption court on Friday convicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in absentia and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, in what seemed to be the end of a long and tumultuous political career of the three-time leader.

Sharif was ousted from his third term as prime minister by the Supreme Court past year following a corruption investigation and banned from politics for life, but remains a powerful symbol for his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Although the defendants will be arrested immediately, "they can file an appeal within 10 days to suspend the trial court's order" in the high court, said Ali.

In addition to the sentencing, Sharif and Maryam have been fined 8 million British pounds and 2 million pounds respectively. The verdict was delivered in the absence of Sharif, 68, who is in London attending to his wife Kulsoom Nawaz who was diagnosed with throat cancer a year ago.

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.

Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court in July 2017 and barred from politics for being "dishonest" by failing to report a monthly income of $2,723 (10,000 Emirati dirham) from a company owned by his son.

"The Avenfield reference verdict should be announced tomorrow (Friday)", Imran said while speaking to the media before heading to Islamabad after concluding his two-day tour of Karachi.

But he has kept control of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party that he founded.

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"Sharif did not remember his wife while she was under treatment in London and he was holding public meetings across the country", the cricketer-turned-politician said. The former PML-N chief invited the masses to take to the streets in his movement to reclaim the votes.

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.

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

Khan is running on a socially conservative, anti-corruption platform.

Also Read | What is the corruption case against Nawaz Sharif? .

Accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict after several delays since morning.

The court verdict enraged Sharif's die-hard supporters.

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