A Pakistani court on Tuesday declared illegal the prison trial of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on charges of leaking state secrets, his lawyer said, quoted by Reuters.
A special court conducts the trial in prison, citing security concerns since Khan was indicted last month.
“Islamabad High Court Declares Jail Trial Notification Illegal”said Naeem Panjuta, a lawyer, in a post on social media platform X.
Khan’s legal team challenged the Justice Department notification that ordered the jail trial.
The charges against Khan relate to secret telegram sent to Islamabad by Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States last year, which Khan is accused of publishing.
Khan, who was forced to leave office in 2022 after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, there were dozens of lawsuits filed against himwhich he denounced as an attempt to keep him out of politics.
He was convicted of one bribery case and sentenced to three years in prison. The sentence is suspended, but he remains in prison on other charges.
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