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Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in Jail, Daughter Maryam for 7 years

A Pakistani anti-corruption court today sentenced former PM Nawaz Sharif to 10 years and his daughter Maryam for 7 years imprisonment in the Avenfield corruption case. Nawaz Sharif was also fined 10 million pounds in the case.

Nawaz's son-in-law Captain Safdar was sentenced to one year imprisonment in the case.

Accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir pronounced the verdict behind closed doors.

Authorities had deployed a large number of security personnel in and around the Federal Judicial Complex, where the court is located. The roads leading to the complex have also been closed to the general traffic.

The Sharifs had filed an application on Thursday requesting the court to delay the verdict in the Avenfield reference and grant a seven-day exemption in the wake of Nawaz's wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's deteriorating health.

The accountability court on Friday dismissed Sharif's plea for a delay in the announcement of the verdict in the Avenfield corruption case against his family.

Amjad Pervez, counsel of Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam, argued that the law stipulates the presence of the accused when the verdict is read out.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam are currently in London visiting Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from cancer and is undergoing treatment there.

Both Sharif and his daughter were supposed to return to Pakistan by June 27.

Nawaz Sharif and his family are facing trial in three corruption cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which are Avenfield properties, Gulf Steel Mills and Al-Azizia Steel Mills.

The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14 last year.

Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references, whereas Maryam and her husband Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference.

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