Nawaz Sharif, Ousted Pakistani Leader, Sentenced To 10 Years For Corruption

Nawaz Sharif, Ousted Pakistani Leader, Sentenced To 10 Years For Corruption

Nawaz Sharif, Ousted Pakistani Leader, Sentenced To 10 Years For Corruption

Prosectution lawyer said that Sharif has been asked to pay a fine of 8 million pounds ($10.6 million) and Maryam was fined 2 million pounds.

Sharif also said he hadn't yet read the verdict but it reportedly stated that the prosecution couldn't prove any allegation of corruption, and this was a "matter of pride for me".

It was the latest blow to Sharif, just weeks ahead of the country's parliament elections later this month, and also the first verdict against the embattled former premier who has faced a string of trials since he was ousted from office by the Supreme Court previous year for concealing assets overseas.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday while reacting to the sentence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that now corrupt leaders will not go to the parliament but will be sent to jail.

He now stands as an exemplar of two of the country's most central issues: as a staunch defender of civilian governance amid military manipulation, and as a symbol of a venal Pakistani elite that has alienated much of the public.

Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawasz, was sentenced to seven years in a case stemming from documents leaked from a Panama law firm while her husband, Mohammad Safdar, got a year's sentence for giving false information to investigators. Both are now in London, but have said they will return home to face justice. Nawaz's son-in-law Captain Safdar was sentenced to one year imprisonment in the case.

At least on Friday, it appeared unlikely that either Nawaz Sharif or his daughter would appear in Pakistan to go to jail.

Nawaz Sharif, who is in London tending to his critically ill wife, is expected to appeal.

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They said that people from this community often pass though villages begging and they had been doing that when they were attacked. Police also imposed a curfew in the village and have deployed auxiliary forces, but the area remains on edge, the BBC reports.

"Pakistani people and PML-N reject this verdict".

Coming so close to the election, which is due on July 25, the verdict is bound to affect PML-N's campaign of which Maryam was the centerpiece.

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One predicts PML-N riding a sympathy vote back to parliament, especially since Nawaz has sold his disqualification to the electorate as a military-judiciary conspiracy.

But the military ended Sharif's second stint in power in 1999 in a bloodless coup.

"PML-N will not perish politically as it has a strong base in northern Punjab".

The ruling by the National Accountability Court was the latest in a long series of blows to Sharif, the country's once-popular leader and three-time premier.

It is alleged that the properties were allegedly bought with graft money in 1990s when he served twice as the prime minister.

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