Additional Sessions Judge Humayun Dilawar has issued a written judgment in the Toshakhana criminal case against PTI Chief Imran Khan. Dilawar found Imran Khan guilty of corrupted practices and sentenced him to three years in jail.’
After handing down the decision, the judge issued a four-page document which contained five court orders he passed between 8:20 am and 12:30 pm. Each of the first four orders was passed when the court postponed the hearing to allow Khan’s lawyers to appear before it.
The fifth order was issued when the defence lawyers failed to show up.
The following is the text of the final written order.
“Since no body argued application filed by accused [Imran Khan] questioning maintainability of complaint, hence on this score and on the basis of earlier findings in order dated 05.05.2023 and 08.07.2023 the said application is dismissed.
“2. Vide my detailed judgment of today, consists upon thirty (30) pages, this court finds it more than convincing that the complainant [the ECP] has produced confidence inspiring, well knitted and corroborated evidence, and so the charge against the accused [Imran Khan] has successfully been proven that accused has committed offense of corrupt practices by making and publishing false statements/ declaration in respect of assets acquired by way of gifts from Toshakhana and disposed of during the years 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and making and publishing a false statement and submitting false and incorrect declaration in material particular relating to Form-8 for the year 2020-2021. He has been found guilty of corrupt practices by hiding the benefits he accrued from national exchequer wilfully and intentionally. He cheated while providing information about gifts he obtained from Toshakhana which later proved to be false and inaccurate. His dishonesty has been established beyond doubt. Accordingly, the accused is convicted under section 174 of The Election Act 2017, and he is thus sentenced to three (03) years simple imprisonment with fine of Rs.100,000/- and in case of default in its payment, he shall also suffer six (06) months simple imprisonment.
“3. The accused is not present today, therefore, a copy of this order along with warrant of conviction be communicated to the I.G. Islamabad for execution of the said warrant. File be consigned to the record room after compilation 6 necessary completion whilst, requisitioned record(s) be returned forthwith.”