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Pakistan's Ex-Prime Minister Gets Jail For 10 Years

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Pakistan's Ex-Prime Minister Gets Jail For 10 Years

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and handed an £8 million ($10.5 million) fine over corruption charges related to his family's purchase of overseas properties, dealing a blow to his party's prospects ahead of a general election later this month.

His daughter Mariam Nawaz, widely seen as Sharif's anointed political heir, was also found guilty and is facing seven years in prison and a £2 million ($2.6 million) fine. Her husband, Captain Safdar, has received a one-year jail sentence, according to the BBC and CNN.

Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London and was sentenced in absentia, has said the charges are politically motivated.

The case, known as the Avenfield Reference, relates to a number of properties in the UK capital.

The Panama Papers leak in 2015 revealed several of Sharif's children had links to offshore companies, which were allegedly used to channel funds and buy foreign assets - including luxury flats in Avenfield House, on London's Park Lane.

His family, however, insist they legitimately acquired the four properties.

As part of the ruling, the court ordered they be confiscated for the federal government.

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