UK must now investigate and seize assets of Sharif and his family, former PM of Pakistan.
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Following the sentencing in Pakistan of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on corruption charges related to four London properties, the UK must now investigate those assets and no longer provide a safe haven for Sharif and his family.
If a UK investigation concludes that the properties have been bought with corrupt money, then the authorities should move to seize the assets. Transparency International also calls on UK law enforcement to investigate any further property in the UK owned by the Sharif family.
Sharif was today sentenced to ten years in prison for owning assets beyond his income, whilst his daughter received seven years for her role. In 2016 the Panama Papers exposed links between several members of the Sharif family and offshore companies that were allegedly used to purchase London property. Today’s court ruling ordered the confiscation of these properties for the Government of Pakistan.
It has been reported that Nawaz Sharif is currently in London and has regularly been visiting the UK during the trial. The UK Government has consistently said it aims to crackdown on the laundering of corrupt funds through the UK, although recent media reports suggest that the authorities failed to properly assist Pakistani counterparts during this investigation.
A Press Release of Friday, 6 July 2018 from Transparency International by Dominic Kavakeb:
Another recent Article published in The Mail on Sunday, 23 June 2018 by David Rose:
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