ISLAMABAD (AP) – An anti-graft tribunal sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison on Monday for corruption. He was criticized by his party and said the decision was a "black point" in the justice system.
The verdict came after Sharif was taken out of power last year on corruption charges. Sharif, who had his third term as prime minister, has denied any wrongdoing.
He is accused of possessing assets outside his known sources of revenue, and was arrested after the decision was announced. He can appeal the verdict, claiming he was fined $ 25 million. The same court acquitted him in a second case.
"They had to punish him, and they punished him in the wrong case," said Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a leader of Pakistan's Muslim League of Sharif, who served as prime minister when Sharif was taken out of power last year.
"People will not accept this judgment," he said.
In July, Sharif was sentenced to 1
Shortly before the verdict was announced, there were clashes between supporters of Sharif and the police in Islamabad. Several Sharif's supporters were seen crying and singing slogans.
Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz suggested that he be punished for resisting "invisible forces," an obvious reference to the military that directly dominated Pakistan for half its modern history and retains a powerful role behind the scenes.
She wrote in a series of tweets on Monday that the Pakistani citizens were with her father.