Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption

Clay Curtis
July 6, 2018

An accountability court in Pakistan today sentenced ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison in one of the three corruption cases against him in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal.

While Sharif was fined 8 million pounds (USD 10 million), his daughter Maryam was handed down a 2 million pound (USD 2.6 million) fine.

Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield properties case while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years.

Maryam took to Twitter to state that "forces" have never been successful in breaking Nawaz Sharif's resolve in the face of adversity.

The PML-N has termed the trial political victimisation.

He further said Nawaz Sharif has always stood steadfast and despite reservation over the provision of justice appeared in court along with his daughter.

1990 - Elected prime minister for the first time.

The PML-N held a meeting in Lahore to discuss the court ruling and reaction to it.

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1997- Elected prime minister for the second time.

It's the first verdict against the former premier who's faced a string of trials in Pakistan since he was ousted from office by the Supreme Court previous year. After the coup, he was convicted of corruption and given a life sentence for hijacking over an incident when he ordered Musharraf's plane not to land in Islamabad.

2008 - Loses election to the party of Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated ahead of the polls.

Pakistan's Supreme Court in July 2017 disqualified Nawaz Sharif over long-running corruption allegations against him and his family, a move that saw Sharif tender his resignation-triggering political turmoil and putting a question mark over Pakistan's commitment to democracy.

Khan was a driving force behind Sharif's downfall, seizing on the 2016 Panama Papers' revelations that the then-prime minister's family had bought the London apartments using offshore companies.

November 2, 2016 - Supreme Court agrees to set up a judicial commission to probe corruption allegations against Sharif, stemming from Panama Papers leaks. Imran Khan backs down from lockdown threat.

NAB's accountability court has declared Hassan and Hussain proclaimed offenders.

Mr. Nawaz Sharif and Ms. Maryam Nawaz are expected to brief media in London.

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