Former Pakistan PM Khan apologises in contempt of court case: Lawyer

The charges are related to a speech in which he allegedly threatened police and judicial officers after a close aide was denied bail



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By Reuters

Published: Thu 22 Sep 2022, 3:09 PM

Last updated: Thu 22 Sep 2022, 3:14 PM

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday tendered an apology in a contempt of court case, his defence lawyer said.

The court has deferred the due indictment, said his lawyer Faisal Chaudhry, adding that the court had directed Khan to submit an unconditional apology in writing by October 3.

The charges are related to a speech by Khan in which he allegedly threatened police and judicial officers after one of his close aides was denied bail in a sedition case.

"The court has appreciated the gesture," Chaudhry told Reuters, adding that such cases would mostly be dropped after the apology.

"We will prepare and submit in writing an unconditional apology as sought by the court."

The high court was due to indict Khan – a move that could lead to his exclusion from politics if convicted.

A convicted politician is liable to be disqualified for at least five years under Pakistani laws.

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