A Pakistani court suspends the conviction of former Prime Minister Khan on corruption charges – Global News (Trending Perfect)

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A court in Pakistan on Monday stayed the conviction of former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife on one of several corruption charges, his spokesman said, but they were unlikely to be released on other charges.

Court spokesman Ahmed Janjua said the Islamabad Supreme Court said Khan's trial before the lower court, which led to his sentencing to 14 years in prison in January, did not meet legal requirements.

Khan, who was impeached by the country's parliament in April 2022 through a vote of no confidence, was found guilty of stealing expensive gifts he received as prime minister.

Pakistani laws require state officials to deposit gifts from other countries into the National Fund.

Janjua said the Supreme Court would resume hearings on Khan's appeal later this month to examine whether the conviction could be overturned.

Khan, who rose to power with the support of the country's powerful military in 2018, was sacked after falling out of favor with the generals over the appointment of an intelligence chief.

The military has ruled Pakistan for almost half of its existence, and wields significant influence over politics.

Khan's party won more seats in the national parliament than other groups, but was unable to form a government as his opponents formed a coalition.

The former sports star cannot run for re-election due to his convictions for several financial and ethics crimes.

Khan's predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, is now the favorite to become prime minister. He was convicted weeks before the 2018 election on similar charges.

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