The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is considering conducting the trial of former prime minister Imran Khan in a contempt case at Adiala Jail, where he is currently imprisoned. This decision is based on a report submitted by the interior ministry which suggested that a jail trial can be conducted. This follows Imran’s hearings in other cases already being held at the jail due to security concerns.
The ECP had initiated contempt proceedings against Imran and other PTI leaders for using “intemperate” language against the chief election commissioner and the electoral watchdog. The Supreme Court allowed the ECP to continue proceedings against Imran and others, and the case has been ongoing for around one-and-a-half years.
Imran’s lawyer expressed concern about the jail trial, while another ECP member stressed that the commission would focus on the law and not the accused. Asad Umar also made an appearance before the ECP in the same case and the hearing has been adjourned until December 6.
Imran’s lawyer has requested copies of the interior ministry’s report in order to build his argument against the proposal for a jail trial for the former prime minister. The lawyer highlighted that the ECP has specific mandated roles and cannot operate in the same manner as a court.
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