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Pak former PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

Islamabad, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to ten years imprisonment and his daughter Maryam Nawaz seven years imprisonment in a corruption case.

The Accountability Court on Friday announced the verdict against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam, his son-in-law Retired Captain Safdar over the ownership of luxurious London properties. Captain Safdar has been awarded one year imprisonment.

The case was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court's directives in the landmark Panamagate verdict last year which disqualified then PM Nawaz.

The court also imposed a fine of 8 million pounds on Nawaz Sharif and two million pounds on Maryam Nawaz.

The Accountability Court asked the Federal Government to confiscate all Avenfield properties.

Earlier today, the court, after dismissing Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz's plea for a seven-day delay in the announcement, had said it would announce the verdict.

Four members of the Sharif family - Nawaz, Maryam, Hassan and Hussain - are in London due to ailment of Nawaz's wife, while Captain Safdar is in Pakistan, but was not present in court.

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif has been in London since last year, when she was diagnosed with cancer. She was recently placed on a ventilator and her condition remains more or less unchanged.

The Avenfield reference - which pertains to the purchase of four flats in Avenfield House, Park Lane, London - was among the three cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the former premier and his children.

Besides Nawaz, Maryam and her husband Captain Safdar, NAB had also nominated Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz � Sharif's sons � as accused in all three SC-ordered corruption references.

The NAB prosecutor had stated before the accountability court that Nawaz Sharif had acquired the four flats.

Sharif family insists that they had purchased the apartments through 'legitimate' financial resources.

They, however, remained unable to disclose those resources before the Accountability Court or the Supreme Court.

The proceeding in the Avenfield reference commenced in September and the Accountability Court indicted Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar on October 19.

According to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report submitted in the Panamagate case, the Sharifs have given contradictory statements about their London flats and found that the flats actually belonged to them since 1993.

Nawaz and Maryam have appeared before the court around 100 times, according to media reports.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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