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Ousted Pakistan PM Sharif jailed for seven years on corruption charges

Supporters of Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad on Monday. -
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ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Monday jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for seven years on corruption charges he says were politically motivated.

The court found the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income for the ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia, Geo News reported. It acquitted him in a second case.

He was arrested after the ruling was announced but can appeal the verdict.

Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the same courtin July, on charges related to the purchase of upscale apartments in London, after the Supreme Court removed him from power.

He appealed that sentence and was released on bail in September.


Sharif has argued that the military, in cahoots with top members of the judiciary, has used a series of cases against him and others in his party to tip the scales in favor of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.

Khan was elected prime minister in July after building a reputation as an anti-corruption crusader.