Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, was arrested after a trial court on Saturday sentenced him to three years in prison and barred him from running for office for five years for unlawfully selling official gifts, popularly known as the Toshakhana corruption case.
A conviction in the case, according to legal experts, might eliminate Khan’s hopes of running in the national elections, which must be held by early November.
“Judge Humayun Dilawar announced that involvement in corrupt practices has been proven,” Pakistan TV said. Khan was not in court for the hearing, and the judge ordered his arrest.
According to Dawn, the court fined the Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Rs. 100,000. Khan was accused of hiding information about Toshakhana presents in a criminal complaint that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) filed against him on May 10.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Dilawar determined that the allegations against the former prime minister in the case were validated during the hearing on Saturday.
“Imran Khan deliberately submitted fake details to the Election Commission of Pakistan and is found guilty of corrupt practices,” Dawn quoted the judge as saying who sent the PTI chief to jail for three years under Section 174 of the Election Act.
Dilawar also directed that a copy of the order should be sent to the Islamabad police chief for the execution of the court orders.