Avenfield Reference: Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years, Maryam gets 7 years imprisonment


Islamabad, July 6: Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to ten years in jail while his daughter Maryam Nawaz has been sentenced to seven years in an anti-corruption case over the ownership of luxurious London properties.

The accountability court on Friday delayed the much-awaited verdict in the Avenfield corruption against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif  amid strict security arrangements  at the Federal Judicial Complex.

Section 144 has been imposed in Islamabad to discourage any sort of protests or  mass gatherings  against  the verdict .

Nawaz Sharif and his family are facing trial in three corruption cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which are Avenfield properties, Gulf Steel Mills and Al-Azizia Steel Mills.

The Sharifs had filed an application on Thursday requesting the court to delay the verdict in the Avenfield reference and grant a seven-day exemption in the wake of ailing health of Nawaz’s wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Amjad Pervez, counsel of Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam, argued that the law stipulates the presence of the accused when the verdict is read out.

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