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Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years, Maryam 7 in Avenfield reference

The accountability court on Friday announced the verdict in the Aven field corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond income and 1 year for not cooperating with NAB. The former prime minister will serve 10 years in jail.

Saud Ahmed Chandoor

Former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and slapped  8 million Pound fine in the Avenfield properties reference on Friday while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years with a £2 million fine.  Capt (R) Safdar was sentenced for 1-year imprisonment for not cooperating with NAB. The money will be deposited into the state treasury.avenfield, nawaz sharif, maryam nawaz , prime minister Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict today after several delays since morning.  Moreover, the court also sentenced Maryam to one year in prison for submitting false documents in court.

The court also ruled that the avenfield flats shall be seized by the federal government.

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Muhammad Safdar have been charged as per the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, according to which they face maximum jail terms of 14 years and/or a fine, each.

After the ruling for NAB court, Maryam and Safdar also barred to contest General Elections 2018 to be held on July 25th. Following the verdict, the Election Commission of Pakistan stated that Maryam’s name will be removed from the ballot papers of the NA-127 constituency after which new ballot papers will be printed.

PML-N Chairman Shahbaz Sharif on Friday termed the days as a “black day” while addressing a press conference minutes after the Avenfield corruption reference verdict was announced. Shahabaz Sharif addressing to media after avenfeild verdict

 

He also said that there are other cases in which corruption “has been proven in black and white” and yet no verdicts were announced against the culprits.

Announcing that all future PML-N rallies will be considered a model of peaceful protest, Shahbaz also said, “In this situation:  I would like to announce that we will take all legal action possible so that justice may be served.”

Concluding his address, Shahbaz said that he wishes to remind the nation that “you are Azeem Pakistanis, don’t be heartbroken by this verdict.”

‘All of this not new for Nawaz Sharif’ : said Maryam Safdar in her tweet after the ruling was given by the court.

Apart from Nawaz, Maryam and  Safdar, Nawaz’s sons are also accused in the case. They were declared proclaimed offenders last year owing to their no-show and will face a separate trial whenever they join the proceedings.

 

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