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Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years for corruption

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad on Friday, July 6, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party's troubled campaign ahead of the July 25 elections. "(Sharif) has been awarded 10 years ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 6th, 2018

Pakistanis mourn after election rally bombing kills 128

MASTUNG, Pakistan (UPDATED) – Pakistan was in shock on Saturday, July 14, after a suicide blast killed 128 people, shaking confidence in security just as the dramatic arrest of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif ratcheted political tensions higher ahead of nationwide polls. Sharif's highly-anticipated return from London and subsequent arrest for corruption was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison

A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal on Friday announced a much-awaited ruling in a corruption case against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sentencing him to 10 years in prison over purchases of luxury apartments in London. Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal on Friday announced a much-awaited ruling in… link: Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Pakistan court indicts ex-PM Sharif for corruption – official

ISLAMBAD, Pakistan – A Pakistani court indicted ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges spiralling from the Panama Papers leak, a senior government official said Thursday, October 19, in a case that could ultimately see the former leader jailed. "The court also indicted Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam and his son-in-law ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

Pakistan’s Supreme Court to rule on fate of PM Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court was set to announce a new judgement Friday that could topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is embroiled in a long-running corruption case that has gripped the country. Around 3,000 police and paramilitary forces were to be deployed around the court in Islamabad ahead of the ruling, due to be announced [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 28th, 2017

Graft probe of Pakistan PM finds wealth disparity

ISLAMABAD — An official investigation into corruption allegations against Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family has found a "significant disp.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2017

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in Moscow coming at the hands of a side just below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi studiously sidestepped a question about whether his federation had been distracted lately. But it has. Just when the Saudis had a first World Cup appearance in 12 years to prepare for, the federation has been mounting a power grab of soccer far beyond the kingdom. What appears the creation of just another bureaucratic institution within the sport could actually have wider ramifications. On its face, the establishment of the South West Asian Football Federation by the Saudis, including the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, to help to develop the game appears a benevolent undertaking, especially when the existing regional governing body is so vast. "Football is about growth and if you don't grow economically, socially, technically, you will not be moving," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat told The Associated Press. "It's not enough for us to be in the World Cup. "We have a vision that an Asian country will win the World Cup one day, but there must be a start for that. Football is underdeveloped in many areas in Asia." Is the Asian Football Confederation to blame? "Ambitions have to be higher than winning the Asian Cup," Ezzat said. Confederation president Sheikh Salman, a Bahraini, said he "had no objection to the creation of SWAFF as long as it remains as a football body outside of the AFC's zonal structure." Scratch deeper below the surface and the true objectives of the new body seem a little cloudy. It is unclear why SWAFF is required when there are already regional offshoots of the AFC, including the West Asian Football Federation, which is led by Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein who resisted an attempt by the Saudis to seize power of his organization before the new regional force emerged. "It will help Asia and it will help FIFA," Ezzat told The Associated Press. "We don't see anything wrong creating that connection between the south and the west. Football needs to grow." Ezzat maintained that SWAFF had followed the right legal steps to avoid breaching the rules of world football's governing body. Ezzat said FIFA governance committee head Mukul Mudgal had been dispatched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the SWAFF meeting on May 31 in Jeddah. The Indian judge denied he was in attendance. SWAFF said the founding members also include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Maldives, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait. Oman Football Association General Secretary Said Othman Al Bulushi told the AP his nation was waiting to assess the statutes and legality of the body within FIFA before confirming its membership. The entire Gulf is not in SWAFF. Take a look at the map and three countries in particular are missing: Iran, Qatar and Yemen. "It's not about the geographic map," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat said. "It's about zones." Could it also be about politics? For three years, a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to drive out Iranian-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis from Yemen to break the civil war in the Arab world's poorest nation and restore the exiled government. Across the Gulf, the Saudis are part of a quartet, including the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, which has spent the last year putting the squeeze on Qatar. Diplomatic ties with the energy-rich country have been severed amid allegations that Qatar supports extremist groups in the region, which Doha denies. The Qataris, though, have plowed ahead with preparations to host an event that will put them at the center of the world's attention: the next World Cup in 2022. Ezzat won't discuss Qatar, or the 2022 World Cup. Turki Al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, has been less circumspect, demanding earlier this year that Qatar be stripped of the hosting rights if corruption around its bid was proven. For now, in Saudi sights is Qatar's flagship sports network, which owns exclusive Middle East and North African rights to the World Cup. The BeIN Sports coverage of the Russia World Cup opener was watched across Saudi Arabia — but on a pirate channel. The beoutQ signal is transmitted by a Riyadh-based satellite provider, whose largest shareholder is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Still, the BeIN coverage was seized on by Al-Sheikh to threaten legal action against the network for "wrongdoings against KSA, its sports and officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals." In a tweet, Al-Sheikh added Friday that this "proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil." Soccer's world body, though, is finally intervening. FIFA said it is "exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations that are seen to support such illegal activities." What FIFA would not say is whether Infantino raised Qatar's concerns when he watched the opener in the Luzhniki Stadium alongside the Saudi crown prince. Infantino has been a keen visitor to Saudi Arabia over the last year, including meeting King Salman, as intrigue has swirled about the country's role in a consortium's plans to underwrite $25 billion to launch a vastly expanded Club World Cup and an international Nations League. "He knows for a fact the importance of Saudi Arabia in the region," Ezzat said. "That's why I believe he is paying a lot of attention to Saudi Arabia. ... That's a very important sign. (FIFA) know this country can play a very important role in the development of football." Infantino, though, said he believed the backing for the new competitions was "not part of a wider Saudi sports grab." The proposals have stalled because of opposition within the council to Infantino's secrecy over the financial backers. Growing football is part of a sweeping "Vision 2030" plan to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil money. Prince Mohammed is trying to push Saudi Arabia to become a more cosmopolitan nation that appeals to international investors. Ezzat wants to create new soccer competitions under the auspices of SWAFF and invite countries to participate from beyond the region — particularly Europe. "The country is going through an important change," Ezzat said. "Football can be a catalyst for change. The FIFA president I'm sure knows this very well. ... My country can play an important role in football." Just not the Saudi national team at the moment......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Retired general convicted again, gets 216 years for tax fraud

MANILA, Philippines – Retired army general Jose Ramiscal Jr was again convicted of corruption, as the Sandiganbayan sentenced him to 216 years in prison for 24 counts of graft and falsification of documents. Also convicted of the same charges and with the same sentence ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Ex-Leyte mayor gets 8 years for graft

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former town mayor in Leyte to a maximum of eight years in prison for corruption......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Clashes as Bangladesh court jails opposition leader Zia for 5 years

DHAKA, Bangladesh – A Bangladesh judge convicted opposition leader Khaleda Zia of corruption and sentenced her to 5 years in jail on Thursday, February 8, as police clashed with thousands of her supporters outside the court. The court found the two-time former premier guilty of embezzling money meant for an orphanage, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Day of destiny looms for Brazil’s Lula

BRASÍLIA: A Brazilian appeals court will rule on Wednesday whether to overturn a corruption conviction against ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, effectively deciding if he can run in this year’s election. Lula was sentenced in July to 9.5 years behind bars after being convicted of corruption in Brazil’s huge “Car Wash” graft scandal. All [...] The post Day of destiny looms for Brazil’s Lula appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Former Pakistan PM challenges disqualification by court

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani official says former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has filed petitions with the Supreme Court to challenge his disqualification and rem.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2017

Supporters of deposed Pakistan PM welcome him in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD — Scores of supporters have welcomed Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his arrival to the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad from a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2017

Pakistan: Veteran lawmaker Abbasi elected prime minister

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's newly-elected prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, is a veteran lawmaker and close ally of Nawaz Sharif, who nominated him for the co.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2017

Pakistan PM condemns US-India silence on Kashmir violence

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on yesterday expressed his disappointment over what he termed Washington's "silence" despite human right vi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 30th, 2017

Brazilian governor sentenced to 14 years in prison

SAO PAULO — The former governor of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state has been sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison for corruption and money laundering......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2017

Pakistan s army rejects PM Sharif s call to sack adviser

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's army on yesterday rejected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to sack an adviser over his connections to a reporter who wrote an a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 29th, 2017

China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years prison

China on Wednesday sentenced a veteran pro-democracy campaigner to 13 years in prison on vaguely defined subversion charges, one day after releasing the widow of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate after eight years of house arrest. Source link link: China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years' prison.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara

In this undated file photo, Chilean singer and songwriter Victor Jara poses for a portrait in an unknown location in Chile. A judge in Chile has sentenced eight retired soldiers to 18 years in pris.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Ombudsman Morales: I want a competent, honest replacement

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who will hang up her robes after seven years of being the country’s chief anti-corruption watchdog, wants her successor to have the same qualities she said she possesses. Source link link: Ombudsman Morales: I want a competent, honest replacement.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Ombudsman Morales: I want a competent, honest replacement

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who will hang up her robes after seven years of being the country’s chief anti-corruption watchdog, wants her successor to have the same qualities she said she possesses......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018