His lawyer confirmed that the police arrested Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran KHan on Saturday in Lahore, in eastern Pakistan, after a judge sentenced him to prison for three years for selling state gifts illegally.
Legal experts believe that a guilty verdict by a district judge could eliminate Khan’s chance of taking part in the national elections, which must be held before November 1.
Intezar panjotha, Khan’s attorney, told Reuters that “Police arrested Imran Khan at his residence.” “We will be filing a complaint against the ruling in high court.”
In a statement, Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf(PTI), said that they had filed an appeal with the Supreme Court on Saturday.
Khan’s detention and arrest for several days over a separate case in May had caused intense political turmoil. There were also deadly clashes between Khan supporters, and the police.
Pakistani media, as well as a Reuters eyewitness, described the police surrounding Khan’s Lahore residence on Saturday following the verdict.
The sentence is a result of an investigation conducted by the Election Commission, which found Khan guilty for selling state gifts illegally during his time as Prime Minister from 2018-2022.
Khan denies any wrongdoing.
The 70-year-old cricketer-turned-politician was accused of misusing his premiership to buy and sell gifts in state possession that were received during visits abroad and worth more than 140 million Pakistani rupees ($635,000).