One Down: Microsoft's Calibri font takes down a corrupt prime minister

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has just been disqualified following a government corruption case. Nawaz Sharif was being investigated by the Joint Investigative Team for their illegal offshore properties found in the leaked Panama Papers from last year. To fight against the allegations, Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz submitted copies of a couple of forged documents in the court.

The Joint Investigative Team reported that the documents presented by Maryam Nawaz were using the Calibri font — which is a default font in many Windows applications from Microsoft. The documents were supposedly signed in 2006, but the Calibri font was only released to the general public in 2007 which led to the Joint Investigative Team believing that the documents were indeed forged.

It isn’t clear as to whether the discovery of the documents being forged led to the supreme court disqualifying the Prime Minister of the nation, but it likely had a huge role to play in the case.

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