Ex-Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif Sentenced to 10 Years Over Corruption

A Pakistani anti-corruption court has found former prime minister Nawaz Sharif guilty of corruption and sentenced him to 10 years in prison and a $10.5 million fine, a move that could be a blow to his PML-N party’s chances in an upcoming general election.
Judge Muhammad Bashir read the verdict before a packed courtroom in the capital Islamabad on Friday, Al Jazeera reported.
The case relates to the ownership of four apartments in the upmarket Park Lane neighborhood of London.
Sharif was dismissed as prime minister last July over corruption allegations, with the Supreme Court ordering the anti-corruption watchdog to launch proceedings against him and his family.
In 2016, an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) leak of 11.5 million legal documents—dubbed the ‘Panama Papers’—showed the Sharif family had secured a $13.8 million loan in 2007, using the apartments as collateral.
“Today, the anti-corruption court’s verdict … has made it

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