Nawaz Sharif gets 10-year jail in corruption case

Jul 06, 2018, 23:10
Nawaz Sharif gets 10-year jail in corruption case

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan expressed gratitude after the verdict against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and said that looters and plunderers will now be in jail and not in assemblies.

A political ally said Sharif would return to Pakistan from London to file an appeal, facing arrest on arrival just before the election, in which his party is in a close race with opposition figure Imran Khan's party.

What is the Avenfield corruption case? The anti-corruption court has also imposed a fine of 8 million pounds on Nawaz Sharif while Maryam Sharif received a fine of two million pounds.

Sharif was also given an eight million pound (RM40.4 million) fine over the purchase of high-end properties in London, defence lawyer Mohammad Aurangzeb told AFP.

The conviction means Maryam will be disqualified from contesting the elections.

The Supreme Court agreed to investigate the Sharif family's finances after Khan threatened street demonstrations to protest graft.

The Sharifs were accused of embezzling public funds to offshore accounts that were used to purchase four high valued Avenfield properties, an apartment block on Park Lane in central London.

PTI leader Dr Arif Alvi said that the verdict has served as a warning to all those who "looted and plundered" to not engage in corrupt practices.

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.

Journalist Talat Hussain on Geo said the verdict is predictable, as it was obvious that Nawaz and Maryam would be sentenced to prison. PML-N workers also repeatedly bring up the condition of Nawaz's ailing wife, dying of cancer in a London hospital, which opponents say is a tactic to exploit voters' emotions and sentiments.

Sharif had denounced the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witch-hunt, often suggesting the hidden hand of the military was to blame. They have yet to announce a date for their return.

The corruption controversy erupted with the publication in 2016 of 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca documenting the offshore dealings of numerous world's rich and powerful. The party is now headed by Mr. Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif. "He has undergone disqualification and life imprisonment before", she said in a tweet.

2000-2007 - Allowed to go into exile in Saudi Arabia in 2000 amid reports of a deal with the military, he was given a presidential pardon the day his family left.

He then returned home in 2007 and became prime minister for a third time in 2013.

Soon after the verdict, Maryam, considered to be Sharif's heir apparent, took to Twitter to share this message: "This is a very small punishment for firmly standing in front of unseen forces".

"Today all Pakistanis must offer thanksgiving prayers because today is the beginning of a new Pakistan", he said.

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