Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years on corruption charges

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 11: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives at the Chancellery to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on November 11, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Sharif is on a two-day official visit to Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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A Pakistani court has sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in absentia to 10 years in prison on corruption charges

The charges relate to four luxury London flats, which stemmed from the so-called Panama Papers leak, that disclosed expensive and undeclared property owned by the Sharif family in London.

Along with 10 years in jail, Mr Shariff has also been given a fine of £8million with his daughter Maryam also receiving a seven-year sentence, while his son-in-law, Safdar Awan, was given a one-year sentence.

The sentence has come almost a year after Pakistan’s Supreme Court removed Mr. Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life .

The verdict  is likely to further disrupt an already chaotic campaign for national elections in Pakistan this month.

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