Pakistan deports former PM Sharif to Saudi Arabia after attempted return Jaime Jansen at 7:05 AM ET
[JURIST] Pakistan Monday deported former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile] to Saudi Arabia shortly after Sharif's attempted return from exile. Sharif was arrested on corruption and money laundering charges [JURIST report] shortly after landing in the country on a flight from London. He chose detention over continued exile but then was put on an airplane back to Saudi Arabia despite his wishes. Sharif was first sent to Saudi Arabia seven years ago under a deal with then coup leader and now president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile] to stay out of the country for 10 years. Over the weekend, security officials detained more than 2,000 supporters [JURIST report] of Sharif anticipating his return to Pakistan, where he was expected to challenge Musharraf's re-election bid.
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