Shehbaz rejects court verdict against Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz and Maryam outside the court premises this year

Pakistan's ousted premier Nawaz Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and fined over $10 million by an accountability court in one of the three corruption cases against him in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal.

Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister and leader of Pakistan Muslim League (N) gestures during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan May 10, 2018.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam have made several trips back and forth from London to attend the hearings and attend to the ailing Kulsoom.

Nawaz and his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz are accused in all three references whereas his Maryam and Sharif's son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference.

Sharif has previously described the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witchhunt.

The PML-N has termed the trial political victimisation.

1990 - Elected prime minister for the first time.

Nawaz's brother Shehbaz Sharif, while addressing the media, asserted that all the candidates of PLM-N will contest in the upcoming Pakistan general elections and during their campaign, they will use the platform to highlight their disappointment in the court's verdict and the "injustice done" to the Sharif family.

Safdar had said before the judgment that the verdict against the former prime minister will not be accepted by the people of Pakistan.

Sharif, who was ousted as prime minister previous year for corruption, was also fined $8m by the National Accountability Bureau court. After the coup, he was convicted of corruption and given a life sentence for hijacking over an incident when he ordered Musharraf's plane not to land in Islamabad.

2013 - Elected prime minister for third time.

October 28, 2016 - Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan threatens to paralyse the capital, Islamabad, with a "lockdown" of street protests unless demands for an independent investigation into the Panama revelations are met. Sharif denies any wrongdoing. He has been declared a proclaimed offender.

July 28, 2017 - Supreme Court declares Sharif disqualified from office for not declaring income from a company in United Arab Emirates, which was not in original Panama Papers revelations.

Mr. Nawaz Sharif and Ms. Maryam Nawaz are expected to brief media in London.



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