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A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Monday jailed ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference, and acquitted him in the Flagship Investments reference, the Dawn reported


The court has ordered that his properties be seized.

The court also fined Nawaz $25 million and 1.5m pounds, according to initial reports.

 

The court found the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income for the ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia.

 

The PML-N quaid was taken into custody in court and will be transported to jail shortly. Armoured vehicles are standing by outside the premises to transport the former prime minister to prison, although it is unclear whether he will be taken to Rawalpindi s Adiala Jail or Lahore s Kot Lakhpat Jail.

The verdict was announced almost immediately after Nawaz arrived in the courtroom. He has the option to challenge the verdict against him.

 

Accountability Judge Arshad Malik while reading out the short order said that Nawaz was indicted in the Al-Azizia reference under Section 9(a)(v) of the National Accountability Ordinance. The order added that there was no case against Nawaz in the Flagship reference.

 

Sharif was sentenced in July to 10 years in prison by the same court, on charges related to the purchase of upscale apartments in London, after the Supreme Court removed him from power

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