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Pakistan Court Convicts Ex-PM Khan, Wife of Unlawful Marriage

Pakistan Court Convicts Ex-PM Khan, Wife of Unlawful Marriage

[ad_1] ISLAMABAD —  A court in Pakistan sentenced former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife to seven years in prison Saturday after finding them guilty of a marriage law violation in 2018. The disputed ruling ahead of national elections on Thursday marked the third conviction against Khan this week and the fourth since he was removed from power through an opposition parliamentary vote of no-confidence in April 2022. The judge announced the verdict after concluding a hearing inside a high-security prison near Islamabad, where Khan is incarcerated. The court also fined the 71-year-old former Pakistani leader and his wife, Bushra Bibi, $1,800 each. The judgment read that the complainant “has been able to prove that the respondents have gone through an unlawful marriage ceremony …with dishonest and fraudulent intention.” Bibi was accused of not completing the waiting period mandated by Islam, called “iddat,” after divorcing her previous husband and marrying Khan in 2018, months before he was elected prime minister. Her son from her previous marriage brought up the criminal complaint against her. The …