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Pakistan Opposition Leader Imran Khan Found Guilty of Corruption, Arrested

Iman Khan was sentenced to three years in prison by an Islamabad district court on Saturday in a proceeding denounced by the former prime minister's supporters as a "kangaroo court." File Photo by Chamila Karunarathe/EPA-EFE
Iman Khan was sentenced to three years in prison by an Islamabad district court on Saturday in a proceeding denounced by the former prime minister’s supporters as a “kangaroo court.” File Photo by Chamila Karunarathe/EPA-EFE

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested in Lahore on Saturday after an Islamabad trial court found him guilty of graft and sentenced him to three years in prison.

Khan, now chairman of the opposition Tehreek-e-Insaf, or PTI, party, was taken into custody by Punjab police at his residence in Lahore and was taken to Islamabad following the sentencing in the so-called Toshakhana case, the PTI confirmed.

The 70-year-old former prime minister was found guilty of “corrupt practices” by the court after prosecutors accused him pocketing profits from the sale of state gifts when he was in office from 2018 to 2022.

The charges against Khan included failing to disclose money he made on gifts from foreign dignitaries. Authorities said he purchased gifts at a discount from Toshakhana — the state gift depository — and then resold them for profit. The gifts were estimated to worth around $635,000.

The Pakistan government last year banned the former prime minister from holding office for at least five years due to the corruption scandal, which first surfaced in 2021.

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