Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on Monday over graft charges by an anti-corruption court. He was released from a jail just few months ago.
The court found that Sharif, 68, the leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) party, was unable to provide the source of income for the ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia, Geo News reported.
Sharif said the graft charges that led to his sentencing were politically motivated. He was present in court when the verdict was delivered.
In July, a court gave Sharif a 10-year sentence on charges related to the purchase of upscale apartments in London — after Pakistan’s Supreme Court removed him from power.
Sharif was released from prison in September pending an appeal.
The latest Al-Azizia steel mills case and the Flagship Investment case were among the three cases launched by Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau in September 2017, following the apex court judgment that disqualified Sharif from contesting elections.
He will be sent to KotLakhpat Jail in Lahore, and not Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, as per his request.