Former Prime Minister of Pakistan MR. Nawaz Sharif was today in absentia sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and penalize 10 million pounds by an anti-graft court in the corruption cases against him in the Panama Papers scandal, which deals a huge blow to his party ahead of the elections on July 25. Sharif’s 44-year-old daughter Maryam Nawaz was also given seven years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of 2 million pounds, while her husband captain Safdar was sentenced to one-year imprisonment in the case.
Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam are in London, attending to the former PM’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who was diagnosed with throat cancer last year and shifted to the UK for treatment. Since then, Maryam and Nawaz Sharif have made several trips back and forth from London to attend the hearings and attend to Kulsoom.
Accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir pronounced the verdict behind closed doors but Mr. Sharif had filed an application on Thursday requesting the court to delay the verdict in the Avenfield reference and grant a seven-day exemption in the wake of Nawaz’s wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s deteriorating health. Reacting to this application, the accountability court on Friday dismissed Sharif’s plea for a delay in the announcement of the verdict in the Avenfield corruption case against his family.
The Avenfield case- pertaining to the ownership of four flats in the posh even field house in London, was among the four corruption cases filed against the former PM and his children by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court’s orders in the Panama Papers case which disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding public office.
In the end, Mr. Sharif had said “I will continue my struggle from jail. This is a part of the struggle”, and also wanted to hear the judgment of the case while standing in the courtroom where he “endured more than 100 hearings” with his daughter, he added.