A look at Avenfield case verdict

A look at Avenfield case verdict

From the start of the ex-PM's legal troubles in 2016, Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif and her husband, Muhammad Safdar, were also convicted, with Ms. Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of 2 million pounds and Safdar sentenced to one year in prison. Assets in question are four expensive flats in London worth over £200 million.

It's the first verdict against the former premier who's faced a string of trials in Pakistan since he was ousted from office by the Supreme Court past year.

"It is positive that there is a leader who, for you, for this country, and for your vote's sanctity is steadfast in his resolve and is ready to make any sacrifice for the same", Maryam said, who is now in the United Kingdom along with her father to be with her ailing mother Kulsoom Nawaz.

A corruption court in Islamabad announced the ruling on Friday, sending shock waves throughout Pakistan. Because now the judiciary has decided against them and announced their verdict.

Soon after the verdict, Maryam, considered to be Sharif's heir apparent, took to Twitter to share this message: "This is a very small punishment for firmly standing in front of unseen forces". "The morale to fight against oppression has increased today".

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 critical health.

Bashir also fined Sharif a sum of 8 million British pounds, about $10.6 million while his daughter was fined 2 million British pounds, about $2.6 million.

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He said that the Avenfield properties would be confiscated by the federation. A Joint Investigation Team, constituted by a three-member Apex court bench to probe and prosecute the accused, produced 18 witnesses who were cross-examined by the defense counsel.

Maryam, 44, also said that in the Avenfield case, her father was returning and attempts were being made to stop him. The bureau registered the case on the basis of the Supreme Court's orders in its July 28 Panamagate verdict, which removed Sharif from the post of prime minister, reported Dawn. The two sons never appeared before the court and were declared as absconders.

The former opposition leader of the National Assembly said such a judgement at this time would raise different concerns, which may go in Nawaz Sharif's favour.

The Avenfield case hearing lasted for more than nine months and both Sharif and his daughter attended dozens of hearings.

The case is connection with several high-profile properties brought by the Sharif family in London in mid-1990s.

Rasheed even said, "They expect those people to come out to whom they didn't even provide basic facilities".

In July last, Sharif was forced to step down after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income.

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