An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on December 24 sentenced ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case while acquitting him in the Flagship Investments corruption case in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal.
Accountability Court II Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik announced the verdict in the two remaining corruption cases against the Sharif family, after reserving the decision last week.
In its decision, Judge Malik said there was concrete evidence against the 68-year-old former premier in the Al-Azizia reference, and that he was unable to provide a money trail in the case, Geo TV reported.
Sharif was present in the court when the verdict was announced.
The Supreme Court set the deadline for December 24 to wrap up the remaining two corruption cases against the three-time former prime minister.
Three cases – Avenfield properties case, Flagship Investment