The court in Pakistan today overturned the sentence of the country's former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife. The two were convicted of corruption. However, the couple is unlikely to be released due to other charges brought against them, reports DPA.

The Islamabad High Court today ruled that Khan's January trial at a lower court, in which he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, did not meet legal requirements, Khan's spokesman Ahmed Janjua said.

Khan, who was removed from office after a vote of no confidence in parliament in April 2022, was convicted of embezzling expensive gifts received while he was prime minister. Pakistani law requires officials to hand over gifts received to the state.

The Islamabad High Court will resume hearings on Khan's appeal later this month to examine whether that sentence too can be overturned, Janjua added.

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan sentenced to 10 years in prison

Khan, who came to power in 2018 with the support of the powerful national army, was ousted after losing the support of Pakistani generals in a dispute over the appointment of the intelligence chief.

Khan's Justice Movement party won the most seats in the national parliament in the country's last election, but its opponents still managed to form a governing coalition.

The former sports star was unable to run in the elections because of the several sentences imposed on him, notes BTA.

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