ISLAMABAD – An anti-graft tribunal sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison on Monday for corruption on Monday, criticizing his party for making the decision a "black mark" 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 income and was arrested after the decision was announced.
He can appeal the verdict He was also fined $ 25 million for failing to disclose how his family founded Al-Azizia Steel Mills when he was arrested by Pervez Musharraf, a former dictator In 1
The same court In a second case concerning his family's UK business, Sharif was acquitted.
According to the Pakistani law enforcement agency, she will contest the acquittal of Sharif, who was jailed a day before his birthday.
Arrested After being arrested, Sharif is reportedly taken to a prison in Lahore on Tuesday in a prison in the garrison town of Rawalpindi.
"They had to punish him and they punished him in the wrong case," he told Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a senior leader of Sharif & # 39; s Pakistan Muslim League party that served as prime minister when Sharif was taken out of power last year.
"People will not accept this judgment," he said.
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Those who defend Sharif should be ashamed of how the Pakistani people were cheated.
Monday's conviction and conviction was the final blow for Sharif, who was sentenced to ten years in prison in July for buying luxury apartments in London. He was appealed against the verdict and released on bail in September, along with his daughter and husband, who had been jointly tried in the case of documents leaked from a Panama law firm Sharif's foreign assets, which he claims are owned by his sons.
His two sons, who are currently living in London, were declared by the court to be slaves.
Shortly before the announcement of the ruling, clashes erupted between supporters of Sharif and the police in Islamabad. Several Sharif's supporters were seen crying and singing slogans.
Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, said he was being punished for having resisted "invisible forces," an obvious reference to the military that directly dominated Pakistan for half its modern history, and retains a strong role behind the scenes.
She wrote in a series of tweets on Monday that people in Pakistan were standing next to her father.
"How many times are you targeting a man? How often? Will you punish him," she wrote.