A court in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday sentenced the country’s ousted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to three years in prison for fraud-related offence.
The former cricket star was convicted for refusing to disclose the money he earned from selling state gifts, an allegation he has repeatedly denied.
The judge ordered his immediate arrest by the country’s security agents.
Khan’s lawyer, Intazar Hussain, told journalists his client had been taken into custody from his home in Lahore.
The ex-PM’s legal team has however vowed to appeal his conviction by the court.
Khan was removed from power in April 2022 following a no-confidence motion passed by the National Assembly.
This came a month after representatives of opposition parties filed a motion for Khan’s removal in the National Assembly and accused his government of poor governance and political victimisation of opponents.