Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif given 10-year jail term

Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif denies any wrongdoing. Sharif and his daughter were jailed in July

A Pakistani court has sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison on corruption charges related to four luxury London flats.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court handed down the verdict after a series of delays.

His daughter, Maryam Sharif, also received a seven-year sentence, while his former security officer Safdar Awan received a one-year sentence.

Nawaz Sharif has called the charges politically motivated.

The case, known as the Avenfield Reference, relates to a number of properties in the UK capital.

The Panama Papers leak in 2015 revealed several of Sharif’s children had links to offshore companies, which were allegedly used to channel funds and buy foreign assets – including luxury flats in Avenfield House, on London’s Park Lane.

His family, however, insist they legitimately acquired the four properties.

Members of the Pakistani media set up outside the Avenfield House properties, where the family reportedly watched the verdict:


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