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PAKISTAN: Ex-PM Imran Khan’s graft conviction suspended

A Pakistan high court on Tuesday suspended former prime minister Imran Khan’s prison sentence for a graft conviction, a spokesman for his party told AFP, but it was unclear if he would be immediately released.

A spokesman for Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party said Islamabad High Court had overturned a lower-court decision this month imprisoning him for three years, a judgement which has barred him from contesting upcoming elections.

His lawyers said he was granted bail, but they feared the 70-year-old would be rearrested in relation to one of the more than 200 cases levelled against him since he left office in April 2022.

“We have filed a separate application requesting the court pass an order barring the authorities from arresting him in any other case,” Gohar Khan, one of the lawyers, told AFP.

“If authorities arrest him in any other case, it will be against his legal rights.”

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