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Court suspends corruption conviction and sentence of Pakistan's ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures during talk with reporters
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures during talk with reporters Copyright AP Photo
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A court in Pakistan suspended the corruption conviction and three-year prison term of the country's former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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A Pakistani appeals court on Tuesday suspended the sentence of former prime minister and opposition leader Imran Khan, who is currently in prison after being convicted on a corruption charge earlier this month.

"The sentence has been suspended, thank God," the former prime minister's lawyer, Naeem Haider, said on the social networking site X, formerly known as Twitter.

The Islamabad High Court also granted bail for Khan, but it’s not immediately clear if he will be released since he also faces a multitude of other charges.

The ruling comes weeks after Khan was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison by another court that found him guilty of concealing assets after selling state gifts he received while in office.

Khan was convicted of failing to declare gifts after he failed to transfer them to Toshakhana, a Pakistani government repository for gifts received by government officials from foreign officials.

The former prime minister was ousted from power through a no-confidence vote in parliament last year.

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