| 5 December 2023, Tuesday |

Imran Khan: Pakistan ex-PM given three-year jail sentence

Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been sentenced to three years in prison on corruption charges.

A court in Islamabad found him guilty of failing to declare money gained through the sale of official goods. He disputes the claims and says he will fight them in court.

The former Prime Minister was hauled into jail from his house in Lahore after the judge ordered his immediate arrest.

Mr Khan was elected in 2018, but he was defeated in a no-confidence vote the following year.

As the court ruling was revealed, a mob outside the courthouse, including some prosecution lawyers, began yelling “Imran Khan is a thief.”

Mr Khan was detained in May for failing to appear in court as required. He was eventually freed, and the arrest was deemed unlawful.

The authorities have been putting a lot of pressure on his party since then.

Many top officials have resigned, and hundreds of followers have been jailed on suspicion of participating in the protests that erupted in the aftermath of Mr Khan’s detention.