Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif and her husband, Muhammad Safdar, were also convicted, with Maryam Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of 2 million pounds ($3.4 million CAD) and Safdar sentenced to one year in prison. She called on the nation to stand with her father who had faced similar situations in the past and remained steadfast.
Accountability Court judge Mohammed Bashir also rejected an application from the Sharifs to postpone the announcement of the verdict as Mr. Sharif is now with his wife Kulsoom Nawaz in London who is on ventilator for the past three weeks.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan.
The case stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property owned by the Sharif family in London.
Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed references against them in light of the Supreme Court's verdict in the Panama Papers case past year.
Responding to news of the sentences, Nawaz Sharif's brother didn't mention the military - but spared little criticism in his take on the verdict.
Sharif has previously described the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witchhunt. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court accused Sharif and his family of being unable to legitimately show the money trail for the purchase of several luxurious properties in London, mostly in the mid-1990s. "Even with institutional pressure and this verdict, the party is maintaining its position", he said. Sharif's two sons - Hasan and Hussain - also wanted in the case, have been declared proclaimed offenders owing to their no-show.
The father-daughter duo had earlier sought a seven-day exemption, stating they wanted to be in court when the judgment was announced. But Nawaz will have to first face formal arrest because an absconder, according to the law, has no right of audience before a court.
The Sharifs' lawyers said they would challenge the ruling in High Court. But it instructed the Accountability Court to complete the probe on his assets in six months. "I want to hear the verdict in the court room where I have presented myself with my daughter over 100 times".
A defiant Nawaz Sharif Friday said he has been sent to jail because he tried to free the people of Pakistan from the slavery imposed on them by some generals and judges and vowed to continue his political struggle from behind the bars.