Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, center, leaves court after an appearance in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, May 19, 2023. Khan dialed down his campaign of defiance on Friday, saying he would allow a police search of his home over allegations that he was harboring suspects wanted in recent violence during anti-government protests by his supporters. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistani court finds Imran Khan guilty of graft, sentences him to 3 years in prison

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, center, leaves court after an appearance in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, May 19, 2023. Khan dialed down his campaign of defiance on Friday, saying he would allow a police search of his home over allegations that he was harboring suspects wanted in recent violence during anti-government protests by his supporters. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A Pakistani trial court sentenced former Prime Minister Imran Khan to three years in prison for illegally selling state gifts, local media channels said on Saturday.

Legal experts say a conviction in the case could end Khan’s chances of participating in national elections that have to be held before early November.

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