FILE - Pakistani jailed former minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif (C) prays during a funeral of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz with his brother Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore, Pakistan, Sept. 14, 2018.
FILE - Pakistani jailed former minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif (C) prays during a funeral of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz with his brother Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore, Pakistan, Sept. 14, 2018.

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani appeals court rejected former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's appeal over a seven-year prison sentence for corruption on Monday and refused to grant him release on medical grounds.
 
The Islamabad High Court's two-judge panel announced its ruling after the appeal hearings concluded last week.
 
Sharif's aide Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, also a former prime minister, said the former premier's legal team will take the case to the Supreme Court. "We are disappointed but respect the court verdict," Abbasi said. He added that there is still further legal course to exhaust. "Our legal team will file an appeal to the Supreme Court against it."

FILE -  In this Feb. 17, 2008 file photo, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, and his brother Shahbaz Sharif address a news conference in Lahore, Pakistan. Sharif has announced that he will set up an independent judicial commission to probe
Pakistan's Opposition Leader Indicted On Corruption Charges
A Pakistani corruption tribunal has indicted the country's opposition leader. Shahbaz Sharif was indicted Monday in connection with a housing scheme in Lahore. He has been accused of awarding contracts to people associated with his Pakistan Muslim League party. At least seven other people were also indicted in connection with the scheme. Sharif has denied the charges.  "The nation will see that it is the most fake case of the history," Sharif said Monday, according to Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper. …

Sharif and his family members have been embroiled in several trials on corruption charges after the Supreme Court disqualified him from office in July 2017.
 
An anti-graft tribunal had sentenced Sharif to 10 years in another corruption case last year but that sentence was later suspended pending appeal.
 
Later in the day Sharif was moved back to prison. Shahbaz Gil, spokesman for the Punjab provincial government, said doctors had released Sharif from hospital in the eastern city of Lahore, where he was being treated for heart-related issues.
 
Ruling Prime Minister Imran Khan won last year's elections following pledges to uproot public corruption in Pakistan.

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