Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif jailed for seven years for graft

Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif jailed for seven years for graft

Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif jailed for seven years for graft

However, the court acquitted him in another case related to investments in the United Kingdom and imposed a fine of 1.6 million pounds. The bureau had filed the cases on the basis of the Supreme Court's orders in its July 2017 Panamagate verdict, which had disqualified Sharif from the post of prime minister. Sharif was present in the court when the verdict was announced.

The Supreme Court set the deadline for Monday to wrap up the remaining two corruption cases against the three-time former prime minister.

Nawaz arrived in Islamabad from Lahore ahead of the court's verdicts in the remaining two corruption references against the Sharif family: Flagship investment and Al-Azizia steel mills.

In July, Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison by a federal court in Pakistan, but that was suspended by a High Court in September.

The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from politics for life over the allegations previous year, and directed an anti-corruption body to investigate three different charges regarding his family's properties and businesses. The security was beefed up around the judiial complex of the accountability court.

Meanwhile, supporters of the former prime minister held small protests outside the courtroom in Islamabad - which tear gas was used to disperse them.

A three member bench headed by CJP Saqib Nisar, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, and Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the Accountability Court II Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik's petition.

The agency has also named Sharif's sons - Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz - as accused in the cases.

The anti-corruption court said in its ruling that Sharif was unable to prove the source of income that led to his ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia. Sharif's wife and former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz died in September after fighting cancer.

Shehbaz Sharif, his younger brother and three-time chief minister of Punjab, the country's most populous province, is already in NAB custody in connection with a housing scam.

The court made a decision to hear their cases separately once they returned.

Sharif, who religiously followed the proceeding by appearing before the court for at least 78 times, told the media after the court reserved the judgment last week that he not committed any corruption.

Sharif denied the charges which he said were politically motivated.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif appeared before the Accountability Court in Flagship and Al-Azizia reference against him and the Sharif family.

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