Pakistan court convicts former prime minister Sharif in corruption case

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Pakistan's anti-corruption court on Friday convicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in absentia and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, in what seemed to be the end of a long and tumultuous political career of the three-time leader. Each has also received a £8 million and £2 million fine respectively, as the Avenfield Reference case came to an astonishing conclusion today at the Federal Judicial Complex.

The case pertains to a number of properties against the Sharif family in Avenfield House, Park Lane, London.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed the case, along with two others, on the Supreme Court's directives in the landmark Panama Papers case verdict previous year which disqualified Sharif, the three-time prime minister.

Shehbaz Sharif has termed Accountability Courts decision about former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as "unjust and a dark day in history".

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.

He, Maryam Naand Mr. Safdar have all denied any wrongdoing in the corruption case.

Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam, widely seen as his political heir, gets a seven-year term for her involvement in the corruption case that centred around the purchase of luxury flats in London.

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A copy of the verdict said the Sharif family had failed to prove a legal source of income for the purchase of Avenfield apartments in 1993, 1995 and 1996.

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If Sharif returns he will be arrested on arrival under the law, though he could later be freed by a separate court pending appeal, Abbasi added. Maryam's husband Captain Safdar has been given 1 year jail. Sharif and his daughter are in London, where Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom is undergoing treatment.

"Voters will make their decision on July 27".

1999 - Overthrown in a military coup by General Pervez Musharraf, the country's fourth army takeover since independence in 1947.

Khan is running on a socially conservative, anti-corruption platform.

He never appeared before the accountability court despite several notices. The former PML-N chief invited the masses to take to the streets in his movement to reclaim the votes.

Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attends a seminar in Islamabad in April 2018.

The Supreme Court agreed to investigate the Sharif family's finances after Khan threatened street demonstrations to protest graft.

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