The 70-year-old Imran Khan is being held in a so-called "C-class cell," sleeping on a mattress on the floor and with only enough room for a prayer mat. There is little access to daylight, and a fan but no air conditioner in the summer heat, lawyer Raoof Hasan said.
Antonio Guterres has "taken note of the ongoing protests that have erupted on the rest of former prime minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, and he calls for all parties to refrain from violence," his spokesperson Farhan Haq said.
A Pakistani high court on Wednesday turned down an appeal by jailed former PM Imran Khan that his conviction on corruption charges be suspended, his lawyer said, suggesting it was unlikely he would be released on bail anytime soon.
Imran Khan, winner of the last election in 2018, remains in jail after being convicted in a graft case in August despite his three-year sentence being suspended by a court.
The verdict declared both petitions as “without merit” and were “accordingly dismissed.” “It is clarified that any observations [made in this judgment] are tentative in nature and shall not prejudice learned trial court during the trial,” the decision said.
The court instructed the superintendent of Adiala jail to facilitate the contact through WhatsApp. During the hearing, special court Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain heard the petition seeking directives to jail officials to allow the PTI chief to contact his sons.
During the call, the former prime minister was observed smiling and offering words of consolation to his sons in an effort to uplift their spirits.
A guilty verdict under the Official Secrets Act could bring up to 14 years in prison or even a death sentence, lawyers say. Khan's party said Monday's hearing took place on the premises of Adyala Jail, near Islamabad, where Khan is being held, with no media or public access.
Pakistan's top court ruled on Monday that military trials of civilians are unconstitutional, a relief for dozens on trial for ransacking military installations during protests in May after the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan.
Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq on Monday ruled that Imran Khan be shifted to Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail from the Attock district jail, where he is currently incarcerated in the cipher case.