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Transparency Int’l requests British govt to probe Sharifs’ properties

 Transparency International has requested the British government to investigate the four properties Nawaz Sharif holds in London.

On Friday, the former prime minister was sentenced to 10 years in jail and slapped with the fine of  £8 million in Avenfield reference by the accountability court.

The global anti-corruption body said that Theresa May-led UK government should launch an official probe into the four properties owned by the deposed premier.

In its official statement, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) has demanded that the British government should not allow Sharif to take a refuge in the country.

The organisation demanded proceedings to seize any properties found to be obtained through corruption.

The Avenfield reference was one of three references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, his sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar. The reference pertained to the ownership of Sharif family’s apartments at Avenfield House in London.

Nawaz’s daughter, Maryam, has been handed a seven-year jail term for abetment in the purchase of the posh property in London, and one year for non-cooperation with the accountability watchdog–sentences will be concurrent.

According to the verdict, she “aided, assisted, abetted, attempted and acted in conspiracy with her father”. “The trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus,” read the judgement.

Maryam’s husband, Captain (r) Safdar Awan has been sentenced to a year’s rigorous imprisonment for not cooperating with the NAB authorities.

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