In the latest development, Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, have received a 14-year prison sentence in the Toshakhana reference case.
NAB’s Fresh Reference: Jewelry Set From Saudi Crown Prince Triggers Legal Action
Last month, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a new reference against the couple, accusing them of retaining a jewelry set from the Saudi Crown Prince, leading to undervalued assessments.
Critical Verdict Eight Days Before General Elections
The timing of the verdict, just eight days before the February 8 general elections, adds a layer of complexity as the PTI contends amid heightened state actions and without an electoral symbol.
Double Blow: Previous Day’s Sentencing And Ongoing Legal Challenges
The sentencing comes on the heels of a special court, established under the Official Secrets Act, sentencing Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to 10 years in prison for the breach of state secrets. Imran and Bushra also face a 10-year ban from public office and a hefty fine.
Legal Maneuvers: Cross-Examination Rights Closed, Statements Under Scrutiny
The judge had closed the right of cross-examination for prosecution witnesses, prompting Imran and Bushra to record their statements under Section 342 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Imran’s legal team’s attempts to reinstate cross-examination rights were denied by Judge Bashir.
Court Proceedings At Adiala Jail: Imran’s Attendance and Statements
The accountability hearing was conducted at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, where Imran is currently detained. Imran, present during the hearing, faced inquiries about his statement, stating that it was in his room.
Bushra Bibi’s Statement: Imran’s Legal Team Requests Cross-Examination Restoration
During a recent hearing, Bushra Bibi recorded her statement in the Toshakhana case, while Imran could not. The legal team’s request to restore cross-examination rights was rejected by Judge Bashir.
Political Analyst’s Perspective: Timing And Expected Reactions
Political analyst Mazhar Abbas highlights the potential discussions in political circles regarding the timing of the conviction. He anticipates the critical response from PTI workers or leaders on February 8.
Challenges in PTI’s Legal Team: Changing Composition Raises Questions
Mazhar Abbas points out challenges in the PTI’s legal team, noting the changing composition of lawyers and speculating on possible professional differences.
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