Pakistan Court awarded the toppled Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif seven years of jail-time and a fine of $2.5 million in a corruption case.
The former Prime Minister of Pakistan was accused in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case, while he was acquitted in the Flagship Investments reference case. The verdict was announced as soon as Sharif entered court on December 24, and according to local media reports, the court said that there are concrete shreds of evidence proving his guilt.
The judgment culminated a series of court cases, in which Sharif family have been facing accusation for money laundering, tax invasion and hiding offshore assets. Three cases Avenfield properties case, Flagship Investment case and Al-Azizia steel mills case - were launched by the National Accountability Bureau on September 8, 2017, following a judgment by the apex court that disqualified Sharif.
According to reports, ever since September 2017, the former PM of Pakistan has appeared 165 times at the Pakistan court.
The apex court initially set a six-month deadline to conclude the cases but it subsequently increased around eight times on the request of the accountability court.
Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case in July 2017.
In July 2018 Sharif, his daughter Maryam and his son-in-law retired captain Mohammad Safdar were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year respectively in prison in the Avenfield properties case related to their purchase of four luxury flats in London through corrupt practices. However, the three were bailed out by the Islamabad High Court in September.
His two sons - Hassan and Hussain - were also co-accused in all three cases but they were declared absconders for failing to appear before the court even for a single time. The court decided to hear their cases separately once they returned back.
The three-time former prime minister and his family had denied any wrongdoing.
(with inputs from PTI)