Sunday, 20 January 2019

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 7 years, $25m fine in the Al Azizia reference

LAHORE: Former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif has been convicted by an accountability court in the Al Alzizia reference and sentenced to seven years in jail. He has been acquitted in the Flagship reference.

A $25 million fine has also been imposed on him. He has been taken into custody by NAB. His legal team have asked the court to send him to Lahore instead of the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi. Judge Arshad Malik allowed Nawaz to be shifted to the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

His sons Hassan and Hussain have been declared absconders. The court has also ordered that his assets be seized. His assets will be what he has declared, however, that is not public yet. Normally, the amount of assets seized are according to the punishment or case. The court may have set a limit on the value of the assets to be seized. One asset that will not be seized is the Sharifs’ Raiwind home, as it is in his mother’s name. The title of accounts is also changed as part of the seizing process.

Speaking after the verdict was announced, Nawaz said his conscience is clear and that the corruption charges against him could not be proven.

His daughter Maryam took to Twitter to react to the sentence. She slammed the ‘blind revenge’ behind the verdict and said the final victory would be her father’s.

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