Nawaz Sharif given 10-year jail term in corruption case, daughter Maryam gets 7-year jail

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Nawaz Sharif
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In a significant development, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on Friday sentenced to 10 years in prison by the accountability court in a corruption case.

Nawaz Sharif
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Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz was sentenced to seven years in prison while her husband Captain (retd) Safdar was given one-year jail in the case filed by the National Accountability Bureau, reported Dawn online.

The Sharif family has been charged with corruption in three cases, reported IANS.

Accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict after several delays since morning. The court ruled that the Sharif family’s Avenfield apartments in London shall be seized by the federal government.

The former Prime Minister and his daughter were not present in the country while Sharif’s son-in-law was missing from the court.

Maryam Nawaz and her husband stand barred from contesting the July 25 election from Lahore and Mansehra respectively.

The father-daughter duo had earlier sought a seven-day exemption, stating they wanted to be in court when the judgment was announced. However, the plea was dismissed and the verdict was announced in their absence.

Earlier, Sharif was forced to resign as Pakistan’s prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over Panama Papers leak. The sensational Panama Papers leak in 2016 had shown that his daughter and two sons owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy posh flats in London.

The Panama Papers Leak had accused many prominent Indians of owning offshore companies. However, unlike Pakistan, those whose names featured in Panama Papers leak, continue to enjoy the government’s benefits because of their support for the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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