Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years jail, Maryam gets seven years

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Islamabad: Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was on Friday convicted and sentenced to 10 years jail on corruption charges in Avenfield corruption reference in his absence.

The Accountability Court also convicted Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and awarded her seven years jail. Besides, Maryam’s husband captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar was awarded one year imprisonment in the case.

The court also imposed 8 million pounds penalty on Sharif and 2 million pounds on Maryam Nawaz.

The court had reserved its verdict in first of three corruption references against Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar filed by country’s corruption watchdog following the Supreme Court’s orders.

The judgment was reserved by judge Bashir Ahmed who completed the high profile trial under the supervision of a Supreme Court judge.

After disqualifying  Nawaz Sharif from holding office in July last year, the apex court had directed the National Accountability Bureau  (NAB) to file corruption references against members of the Sharif family.

The corruption allegations against the then ruling family emanated from Panama Papers revelations in  April 20016.

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