New Delhi: An accountability court in Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) today sentenced ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to ten years in prison in one of the three corruption cases against him in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal. His daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years and son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar to one year.

Accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir pronounced the verdict behind closed doors. The court delivered the verdict after postponing it for four times in the Avenfield corruption case -- pertaining to the ownership of four flats in the posh Avenfield House in London. The 2015 Panama Papers leak had revealed Sharif’s children’s links to many offshore companies which were allegedly used to channel funds and buy foreign assets - including luxury flats in Avenfield House, on London's Park Lane.

Nawaz Sharif is currently in London attending to his wife Kulsoom Nawaz who was diagnosed with throat cancer last year. While Nawaz Sharif was fined 10 million dollars, his daughter Maryam was handed down a 2.6 million dollar fine. The judgment runs in over a hundred pages. The ruling came weeks before the general elections in Pakistan on the 25th of July.

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