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Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif protest against a court ruling outside an accountability court in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The court sentenced Sharif to seven years in prison for corruption and acquitted him in a second case. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) — Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

'People will not accept this verdict': Protests, shelling and tears outside Islamabad's accountability court

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi warns that "people will not accept this verdict".
Updated Dec 24, 2018 10:02pm

An anti-graft tribunal sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison for corruption on Monday, drawing criticism from his party, which said the decision was a “black stain” on the justice system.

The verdict came after Sharif was removed from power last year over corruption allegations. He is accused of possessing assets beyond his known sources of income, and was arrested after the ruling was announced.

Sharif, however, has denied any wrongdoing. He can appeal the verdict, under which he was also fined $25 million for not disclosing how his family set up the Al-Azizia Steel Mills when he was exiled to Saudi Arabia by Pervez Musharraf, a former military ruler who toppled Sharif's government in 1999.

“They had to punish him and they have punished him in a false case,” said former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. “People will not accept this verdict.”

Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad ahead of the court verdict in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. —AFP
Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad ahead of the court verdict in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. —AFP

Grieving supporters of PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif protest in Lahore against the court ruling. —AP
Grieving supporters of PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif protest in Lahore against the court ruling. —AP

A policeman hurls a stone towards supporters of Nawaz Sharif outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP
A policeman hurls a stone towards supporters of Nawaz Sharif outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP

Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad ahead of the court verdict in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. —AFP
Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad ahead of the court verdict in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. —AFP

Policemen disperse PML-N supporters outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP
Policemen disperse PML-N supporters outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP

Rangers personnel stand guard as PML-N supporters gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad ahead of the court verdict against Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. —AFP
Rangers personnel stand guard as PML-N supporters gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad ahead of the court verdict against Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. —AFP

An anti-graft tribunal sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison for corruption, drawing criticism from his party. —AFP
An anti-graft tribunal sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison for corruption, drawing criticism from his party. —AFP

Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad ahead of the court verdict in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. —AFP
Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad ahead of the court verdict in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. —AFP

PML-N supporters gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP
PML-N supporters gather outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP

Rangers personnel stop supporters of Nawaz Sharif from throwing stones towards police outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP
Rangers personnel stop supporters of Nawaz Sharif from throwing stones towards police outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP

Supporters of Nawaz Sharif run from tear gas shell outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP
Supporters of Nawaz Sharif run from tear gas shell outside the anti-corruption court in Islamabad. —AFP