Former Pakistani prime minister sentenced to seven years in jail for graft

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  • Mon, 12/24/2018 - 09:21
Former Pakistani prime minister sentenced to seven years in jail for graft
  • Nawaz Sharif, Former Pakistani Prime Minister
  • EFE

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Monday sentenced a former prime minister to seven years in prison for possessing a steel factory without disclosing its ownership.

Judge Arshad Malik also imposed a $2.5 million fine on Nawaz Sharif after ruling that Al-Azizia Steel Mills - a Saudi Arabian firm carrying the name of Sharif's son - belonged to the former prime minister, and that he was unable to demonstrate how the project was funded.

At the same time, the judge found him innocent in another case of alleged corruption concerning an investment firm in the United Kingdom.

Sharif, 68, was taken away by police amid strong security measures, and following clashes between around 500 supporters of the former prime minister and the security forces guarding the court.

Sharif's supporters tried to enter the court and throw stones at the police personnel, who responded with tear gas.

In July, Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the same court for owning luxury properties in an upscale London neighborhood and imprisoned.

He was released on bail in September while a court hears his appeal in the case.

In July 2017, Pakistan's Supreme Court had ousted Sharif as prime minister and barred him from public office for life after an investigation spurred by the publication of the Panama Papers found that he failed to disclose payments from a company belonging to his son.


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