Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Islamabad High Court suspends Imran Khan’s 3 years sentence

Imran Khan’s Toshakhana Case:

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) postponed a three-year sentence that was previously given to PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case by a trial court.

The PTI leader filed a petition challenging the district and sessions court’s decision to convict and sentence him in the case, and a two-member bench made up of Justice Tariq Mahmood Jahangiri and IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq delivered the decision.

Imran Khan’s appeal against his conviction and punishment was accepted, the bench stated in a brief decision. It also mandated the former prime minister’s immediate release from the Attock Jail, where he has been held since August 5, on bail in exchange for surety bonds in the amount of Rs100,000.

Khan was found guilty of failing to disclose the state gifts in his asset declarations earlier this month, and Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar sentenced him to three years in prison and assessed a fine of Rs100,000.
The former premier was detained in Lahore shortly after the trial court’s decision, and as a result of the conviction, is no longer eligible to hold any public office for five years.

The PTI leader, however, appealed the decision to the high court and asked for his release as well as the suspension of the Toshakhana case conviction.

The division bench of the IHC concluded the hearing on Imran Khan’s appeal on Monday and reserved its decision.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Amjad Pervaiz delivered his views prior to the hearings conclusion and argued against the petitions that the PTI leader had filed.

The PTI had asked the court to suspend his conviction and to rule that both the judgment and the sentence were illegitimate.

Additionally, it had argued that the ECP’s allegation for criminal proceedings against the ousted prime minister was invalid and had asked the court to release him in the matter.

The IHC Chief Justice stated that he will deliver a thorough decision later.

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