Islamabad– Imran Khan and his spouse Bushra Bibi had been sentenced to 14 years in jail on Wednesday in a corruption case for retaining costly state items when he was in energy, dealing one other blow to the jailed former premier, a day after he was handed a 10-year jail time period for leaking delicate state secrets and techniques.
The decision, which comes eight days earlier than the February 8 common elections, has elevated the authorized woes of the 71-year-old cricketer-turned-politician who’s already serving a three-year jail time period after being convicted of corruption.
Khan’s social gathering, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) confronted quite a few troubles earlier than the election beginning with the denial of its election image, the cricket bat, to the rejection of nomination papers of Khan, former international minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and a number of other different social gathering leaders.
Accountability Court docket Decide Mohammad Bashir carried out the listening to at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, the place the previous premier is incarcerated, within the Toshakhana corruption case.
Khan and his spouse had been additionally barred from holding any public workplace for 10 years and slapped with a positive of Rs 787 million every. Bushra Bibi didn’t seem earlier than the courtroom on Wednesday.
Final month, the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a contemporary case towards the 2 in an accountability courtroom for retaining a jewelry set acquired from the Saudi crown prince towards undervalued evaluation.
Khan advised the courtroom that his spouse had nothing to do with the case and was being humiliated by being forcibly dragged into it.
On the outset of the listening to on Wednesday, Decide Bashir requested Khan if he recorded his assertion. To this, the previous premier stated that he would submit his assertion as soon as his legal professionals got here.
“I’ve been deceived as I used to be solely referred to as to mark my attendance for the listening to,” stated the PTI founder.
The sentence comes only a day after a particular courtroom established beneath the Official Secrets and techniques Act sentenced Khan and Qureshi to 10 years in jail for the breach of state secrets and techniques.
The newest conviction and sentencing are Khan’s third since 2022 when he was ousted from energy.
In line with reviews, Khan and his spouse acquired 108 items from varied heads of state, out of which they saved 58 items. They had been additionally undervalued by them whereas paying a compulsory worth to the state.
Beneath the principles governing Toshakhana a Persian phrase which means “treasure home” authorities officers can maintain items by paying a worth for them however first the present needs to be deposited. The 2 both did not deposit the present or acquired it for a low worth by allegedly utilizing their authority.
Be A part of High quality Journalism
High quality journalism takes loads of time, cash and onerous work to supply and regardless of all of the hardships we nonetheless do it. Our reporters and editors are working extra time in Kashmir and past to cowl what you care about, break large tales, and expose injustices that may change lives. At this time extra persons are studying Kashmir Observer than ever, however solely a handful are paying whereas promoting revenues are falling quick.
#ExPak #Imran #Khan #Spouse #Sentenced #Years #jail #Toshakhana #Corruption #Case #Kashmir #Observer