A Pakistani court sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison over the purchase of four upscale London flats on july7, 2018.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court handed down the verdict after a series of delays.The case, known as the Avenfield Reference, relates to a number of properties in the UK capital.

Sharif, who is in London tending to his critically ill wife, is expected to appeal. His daughter Maryam, widely seen as his political heir, was sentenced to a seven-year term, Geo TV and several other TV channels said.

His former security officer Safdar Awan also received a one-year sentence. Sharif has previously described the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witchhunt.

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.

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