Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
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Pakistan’s embattled former Prime Minister Imran Khan was hit with a fresh 14-year jail sentence on Wednesday after a state court found him guilty of graft, just one day after being handed a 10-year term on a conviction of leaking state secrets.
His wife Bushra Bibi was also sentenced to a 14-year jail term for graft; the case implicating the couple involved gifts while Khan was in office.
“Another sad day in our judicial system history, which is being dismantled,” a spokesperson for Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the largest political party in the country, said in a statement.
A towering figure in Pakistani politics for decades, Khan — along with his supporters — says the charges and arrests are politically motivated.
Formerly the captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team, the politician, now 71, became prime minister in 2018 before being removed from office on corruption charges in 2022 and arrested in 2023. He had already been serving a three-year jail term on a corruption conviction.
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