Tue, 18 Jun 2019

A Pakistani court has suspended the prison sentences that had been previously handed to ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, and son-in-law in a corruption case.

The Islamabad High Court announced the decision on September 19, ordering the release of Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and Mohammad Safdar.

The decision comes as part of an appeals process they had lodged.

The former leader and his daughter were sentenced in July to 10-year and seven-year terms in prison, respectively, over the purchase of luxury apartments in London in the 1990s.

Safdar was given a one-year prison term.

Sharif has served as prime minister for three nonconsecutive terms.

Based on reporting by Reuters, Dawn, and BBC

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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