In Pakistan, a court sentenced the country’s former prime minister and chairman of the opposition Justice Movement party, Imran Khan, to 14 years in prison in a case of corruption and sale of foreign assets, the Dawn newspaper reports. His wife Bushra Bibi received a similar sentence in the same case.
An Islamabad court found that Imran Khan and his wife received 108 bribes from various heads of state and other foreign dignitaries during his tenure as Prime Minister of Pakistan. The verdict comes eight days before the general elections in which Khan’s party is participating.
On January 30, it became known that Khan was sentenced to 10 years in prison for disclosing state secrets. Along with him, the former head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, received a prison sentence.
Last August, Khan was sentenced to three years in prison. He was found guilty of corruption. The court also ordered him to pay a fine of 100 thousand rupees ($1,209). In May, it was noted that the opposition politician became involved in a criminal case regarding the misappropriation of funds from the Al-Qadir Trust Foundation. Damage to the state budget is estimated at $630 thousand.
After this, mass protests and riots began in the country. Protesters set fire to the Radio Pakistan office and the country’s air force base in Mianwali. The Interdepartmental Intelligence building was also attacked.