Imran Khan, Pakistan’s X-Prime Minister, Got convicted to Three Years in Prison

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was sentenced to three years in prison on corruption charges.

A court in Islamabad found him guilty of failing to declare money acquired through the sale of state gifts. He disputes the claims and says he will fight them in court.

Mr Khan was arrested from his place of work in Lahore following the ruling.

He told his fans in a pre-recorded address on X, formerly known as Twitter, “I have only one appeal, don’t sit at home silently.”

The 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician was elected in 2018, but was deposed in a no-confidence vote last year after clashing with Pakistan’s powerful military.

Mr Khan is facing over 100 allegations filed against him since his departure, which he claims are politically motivated.3

The verdict on Saturday focused on allegations that he falsely disclosed details of gifts from foreign dignitaries and earnings from their suspected sale.

Rolex watches, a ring, and cuff links were among the gifts, which were said to be valued more than 140 million Pakistani rupees ($635,000).

 

Mr Khan’s lawyer, Gohar Khan, called the verdict a “murder of justice.”

 

“We weren’t even given the opportunity. We weren’t even allowed to cross-examine, say anything in defense, or argue our case. “I’ve never seen such injustice,” he told the Dawn newspaper.

 

As the court decision was revealed, a mob outside the courthouse, including some prosecuting lawyers, began yelling “Imran Khan is a thief.”

He had escaped arrest for months, with his supporters at times battling fierce clashes with police to keep him out of custody.

Mr Khan was arrested in May for failing to appear in court as requested. He was then released, and the arrest was deemed illegal.

The authorities have been putting a lot of pressure on his party since then.

Many senior officials have resigned, and thousands of followers have been jailed on suspicion of participating in the protests that erupted in the aftermath of Mr Khan’s detention.

The Pakistani army is active in politics, sometimes seizing power in military coups and other times pushing levers behind the scenes.

Many commentators believe Mr Khan’s election victory in 2018 was aided by the military.

He has been one of the army’s most vociferous critics in opposition, and observers think its popularity has declined.

Mr Khan has been lobbying for early elections since his ouster.

Mr Khan would be barred from running for office for the rest of his life if convicted.

On August 9, Pakistan’s parliament will be dissolved, allowing a caretaker administration to take office until the elections.

Although no election date has been set, they are constitutionally required to take place by early November.

 

 

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