Imran Khan sentenced to 10 years imprisonment – JURIST

Ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Tuesday. Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) get together, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, was sentenced to the identical punishment alongside Khan.

Khan, who’s presently serving a three-year sentence for corruption, was trialed underneath accusations of “use of official secret data and unlawful retention of a cypher telegram with malafide intention.” These allegations arose following Khan’s removing as Prime Minister in 2022, following which he held an opposition rally. Throughout his speech on the rally, Khan claimed {that a} letter he possessed confirmed {that a} overseas energy orchestrated his removing. Each Khan and Qureshi had been arrested for expenses of unveiling official secrets and techniques.

In a press release by Khan’s lawyer posted to X (previously Twitter) discussing the trial, he recounted that roughly eighteen witnesses had been interviewed however that Khan and Qureshi’s authorized crew had been “ousted from the courtroom” and weren’t given the best to cross-examine or defend their shoppers. Subsequently, the legal professionals complained to the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom about their grievances, particularly, how the trial was concluded, the way of the decide and the way the advocates had been thrown out of the proceedings. Khan’s lawyer described the trial as “unconstitutional” and “in opposition to the rules of pure justice.”

Khan’s lawyer said that they are going to attraction to the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom concerning the sentences. He additional commented, “It is not going to take us ten seconds within the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom … [the convictions] shall be quashed right away.”

This conviction was handed down only a week earlier than Pakistan’s normal election, through which Khan is barred from standing. In a statement launched by Khan concerning the trial, he inspired his followers to vote within the elections on February 8 to “take revenge for each injustice” and obtain justice for “harmless Pakistanis imprisoned in jails.” He additional said, “February 8 shall be our day of victory.” 

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