Supreme Court voids arrest of ex-Pakistan PM Khan

Imran Khan

Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The arrest of former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, is illegal, the nation’s Supreme Court said on Thursday.

The country’s apex court orders his immediate release by the government.

His lawyers had argued that his detention from court premises in Islamabad on Tuesday was unlawful, the BBC reports.

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At least 10 people have been killed and 2,000 arrested as violent protests have swept the country since he was held.

Khan was arrested on Tuesday by paramilitary troops in a sudden operation that saw officers smashed their way into a courthouse in the capital Islamabad to detain him on multiple corruption charges.

According to the CNN, the former prime minister was then detained in a guesthouse inside police headquarters where he appeared for a special hearing in front of a judge behind closed doors on Wednesday before being remanded in custody for eight days for a charge brought by Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency.

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