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Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 7 years in jail on graft charges

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 7 years in jail on graft charges

Islamabad : Nawaz Sharif was released from jail just months ago, but there's now fresh bad news for the ex-Pakistan prime minister. He's been handed a seven-year prison term by an anti-corruption court in what's called the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case.

The court found that Sharif, 68, the leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, was unable to provide the source of income for the ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia, Geo News reported.

Sharif says the graft charges that led to his sentencing today were politically motivated.

He was present in court when the verdict was delivered. (Sharif was acquitted today in another case: the Flagship Investments corruption case in the Panama Papers scandal. Not that this will bring him much cheer.)

In July, the court gave Nawaz Sharif a 10-year sentence on charges related to the purchase of upscale apartments in London -- this, after Pakistan's Supreme Court removed him from power.

Sharif was released from prison in September pending an appeal.

The Al-Azizia steel mills case and the Flagship Investment case were among the three cases launched by Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau in September 2017, following the apex court judgment that disqualified Sharif.

Sharif will be sent to Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, and not Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, as per his request.