Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan ex-PM
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has been sent back to jail after a fresh corruption conviction.
Anti-corruption court gave Sharif a 7 year term for investments beyond his declared assets.
In July Sharif was jailed in a different corruption case but bailed on appeal when in September the Islamabad High Court suspended his 10-year sentence. His party lost general elections in July while he was in jail.
Former cricketer Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) won most seats, after running on an anti-corruption platform. Security around the court in Islamabad was tight for Monday’s verdict.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had threatened to start a mass protest movement and interrupt parliamentary business if its leader were sent back to prison.
To disperse the audience Security personnel fired tear gas and baton charged his supporters outside the court. Sharif has said the charges against him are politically motivated and is expected to appeal against his latest conviction.
The accountability court said he failed to prove source of income for ownership of al-Azizia steel mill in Saudi Arabia. It set free him in a second case, Flagship Investment, in the UK for lack of evidence.
Hassan and Hussain, his two sons were declared escapee by the court as they were not in the country at that time. Sharif was arrested inside the court and is expected to be transferred to jail soon.
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