06 Jul '18, 1pm

Pakistan ex-PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail for corruption

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad on Friday (July 6), lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party’s troubled campaign ahead of July 25 elections. “(Sharif) has been awarded 10 years’ imprisonment and an eight million pound (S$14.40 million) fine” over the purchase of high-end properties in London, defence lawyer Mohammad Aurangzeb told AFP. Prosecution lawyer Sardar Muzaffar Abbas also said that the court had ordered the properties, in London’s exclusive Mayfair, be confiscated by the federal government. Sharif is currently in London, where his wife is receiving medical treatment for cancer. The verdict immediately raised questions over whether he would return to Pakistan. He was ousted as prime minister by the Supreme Court last year following a corruptio...

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