Pak Supreme Court Grants Bail to Former PM Nawaz Sharif for Treatment

Last Updated: Mar 26 2019 17:26
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Pakistan's Supreme Court Tuesday granted bail to jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for six weeks in a corruption case on medical grounds.

Sharif is serving a seven-year sentence imposed last year for failing to disclose the source of income that allowed him to acquire the Al-Azizia Steel Mills in Saudi Arabia.

The three-time former prime minister, 69, has been suffering from a heart condition and kidney problems and has been admitted to hospital.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa granted bail to Nawaz Sharif for six weeks for his treatment.

But the court ruled he cannot go out of the country during this period.

This won't be the first time Sharif has received medical attention. Since his December conviction, he has been let out on bail on several occasions for treatment in the eastern city of Lahore.

Sharif and his children - two sons and a daughter - were charged with three counts of corruption during his two periods in power in the 1990s.

Sharif served as prime minister in 1990-1992, 1997-1999, and 2013-2017, unable to complete even a single five-year term.