ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court on Friday sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield properties reference.

Besides, his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million) and his son-in-law Muhammad Safdar was also sentenced one year imprisonment.

The sentences will run concurrently, which means Nawaz will serve 10 years in prison, while Maryam seven.

Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict.

Moreover, Nawaz’s sons Hassan and Hussain who have been absconding in the case were declared as “proclaimed offenders” and the court ordered non-bailable perpetual warrants of arrest against them.

The court has also ruled confiscation of Avenfield apartments in possession of Sharif family since 1993.

“Avenfield Apartments Nos 16, 16-a, 17 and 17-a stand forfeited to Federal Government within the meaning of 10(a) of NAO, 1999,” according to written verdict.

The Avenfield properties reference was one of three filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last year in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict against Nawaz in the Panama Papers case. The reference pertains to the ownership of the Sharif family’s apartments at Avenfield House, London.

In the written order of the court, the Supreme Court’s Panama Papers case verdict and work of the joint investigation team has been referred to, along with an interview of Nawaz’s son Hussain wherein he accepted ownership of the London properties.