After being convicted to 10 years prison and a financial penalty of worth €8 million in a case pertaining to a number of properties against the Sharif family in Avenfield House in London, Nawaz Sharif has said that he is not a thief and is coming back to Pakistan.
“Coming back to Pakistan, I’m not a thief,” Sharif was quoted by NDTV as saying.
Sharif was sitting beside his daughter Maryam Sharif, who is also convicted and sentenced 7 years imprisonment while talking to reporters at his residence in London.
Earlier today, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) convicted Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law to 10 years, 7 years and 1 year to imprisonment respectively in the Avenfield Reference corruption case.
According to the prosecution lawyer, Sardar Muzaffar Abbas the disputed properties have also been ordered to be confiscated by the federal government.
The Avenfield corruption case is related to 4 properties against Sharif and family which they acquired through alleged corrupt practices. Sharif’s name was revealed in the Panama Papers’ leak in 2015. He was disqualified by the Supreme Court from holding any government post for life, following which he resigned.
After the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the NAB had filed 3 corruption cases related to these flats in Avenfield reference. The Sharif family failed to declare the financial resources with which they claimed to have bought these disputed flats. According to the Joint Investigating Team (JIT) report submitted in Panamagate case, the sharifs gave contradictory statements about the London flats that actually belonged to them since 1993.