Imran Khan and wife jailed for 14 years for corruption
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his spouse, Bushra Bibi, have been handed a 14-year prison sentence, a day after he received a 10-year jail term.
Khan ousted as PM in 2022 and currently serving a three-year sentence for corruption, was sentenced on Tuesday for leaking state secrets. On Wednesday he received an additional 14-year term in another corruption case.
He continued to suggest the charges against him were politically motivated. He faces these convictions just a week before Pakistan’s elections on February 8, where he is banned from running and his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), encounters campaigning restrictions.
It’s believed the sentences will run concurrently.
Since his arrest in August, Khan has been detained at Adiala jail. His wife, Bushra Bibi, surrendered at the jail after the Wednesday verdict.
Married in 2018, a few months before Khan assumed the role of prime minister, they denied allegations of selling state gifts received during their tenure for personal gain. In addition to the 14-year prison sentences, they were also fined over 1.5 billion rupees (£4.2m; $5.3m).