A Pakistani court has sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison on corruption charges related to four luxury London flats.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court handed down the verdict after a series of delays.

His daughter and son-in-law were also convicted.

Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London and was sentenced in absentia, has said the charges are politically motivated.

According to BBC News, Judge Mohammad Bashir ordered Sharif to serve 10 years for owning assets beyond income and one year for not co-operating with the NAB. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

His daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif received seven years for abetting a crime and one year for not co-operating – again to run concurrently – while his son-in-law Safdar Awan was given a one-year sentence for not co-operating.

Sharif and Maryam also received fines of 8 million and 2 million British Pounds, respectively. They are currently both in London where Mr. Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, is receiving treatment for cancer.

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