Ex Pakistan Prime Minister Denied Public Trial
Jailed former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been denied an open court trial as ordered by a high court after the government submitted reports citing threats to his life, his lawyer said.
Report says the Islamabad High Court had ruled last week that holding Khan’s trial inside jail premises on security concerns was illegal, and ordered it restarted in an open court.
Meanwhile, Khan has denied the charges against him.
However, Khan had been appearing in courts prior to his August arrest protected by his personal security guards. But he has also sought exemptions from personal appearances, often citing threats to his safety, especially after he survived an assassination attempt late last year.
“Jail reports have been submitted citing that Imran Khan has life threats according to various intelligence and police reports,” said the lawyer, Naeem Panjutha, in a post on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
Report says the latest charges against Khan relate to a classified cable sent to Islamabad by Pakistan’s ambassador in the United States last year, which Khan is accused of making public.