Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan ex-PM, sent back to jail for corruption

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan ex-PM, sent back to jail for corruption

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who succeeded Sharif as prime minister a year ago, said the PML-N would appeal the verdict but would "not resort to violence".

The Punjab government had on Monday approved the provision of "better class" jail facilities for Sharif.

Sharif had already been sentenced by the same court to 10 years in prison on charges related to the purchase of upscale apartments in London, after the Supreme Court removed him from power.

"PML-N leaders are aggrieved over yesterday's verdict against their quaid, therefore let's ignore their personal attacks", he said in a sarcastic remark. Accountability Court announced the verdict and he is arrested from the court after the announcement of the verdict.

"Appeal is our right, we will protest but will remain peaceful", former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who succeeded Sharif previous year, told reporters outside the courthouse in Islamabad.

Accountability Judge Arshad Malik said that there was sufficient evidence that connected Sharif with the charges as "the accused has failed to discharge burden of proof, therefore, I convicted him under Section 9 (a) (5) of the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999" in the Al-Azizia reference.

The two references against Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, that the accountability court is to take up today, concern the setting up of the Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment in Saudi Arabia, and Flagship Investment in the United Kingdom.

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"We will protest but will remain peaceful", Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a former prime minister who succeeded Sharif last...

Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was shifted to Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore on Tuesday, a day after an anti-corruption court sentenced him to seven years in prison in a graft case linked to the high-profile Panama Papers scandal. "I do not have any sort of fear; my conscience is clear".

The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from politics for life over the allegations past year, and directed an anti-corruption body to investigate three different charges regarding his family's properties and businesses.

Meanwhile, legal expert Shah Khawar said that acquittal of Sharif in one case and conviction in the other will go in his favour. The judge said that there was no case against Nawaz Sharif.

Those defending Sharif should be ashamed, he said, as the Pakistani people have been defrauded.

Sharif's younger brother, daughter and son-in-law have also been prosecuted in the case. Both are co-accused in all three cases but they were declared absconders for failing to appear before the court even for a single time.

"For how many times will you target one man?"

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