Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan gets 14-year prison sentence in third conviction

Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan listens to a member of media during talk with reporters regarding the current political situation and the ongoing cases against him at his residence, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023.  (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)
Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan listens to a member of media during talk with reporters regarding the current political situation and the ongoing cases against him at his residence, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife have been sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption, his lawyer and prison officials say, a day after another special court convicted Khan of leaking state secrets and gave him a 10-year prison sentence.

The latest conviction and sentencing are Khan’s third since 2022, when he was ousted from power, and come ahead of Pakistan’s Feb. 8 parliamentary elections. The sentences are concurrent.

Khan and his wife were accused in the most recent graft case of retaining and selling state gifts when he was in power.

The court also disqualified Khan for 10 years from holding any public office.

His lawyer Babar Awan says the former premier was convicted and sentenced in such a hurry that the judge did not wait for the arrival of his legal team. He says Khan’s basic human and fundamental rights were violated, and that the latest legal setbacks would be challenged in higher courts.

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