A Pakistani military court has convicted five top ranking Army officers for having links with a banned organization, Press TV reports. The Army’s Field General Court Marshal (FGCM) has handed a five-year prison sentence to Brigadier Ali Khan, and 18-month to three-year sentences to the other four officers. Major Sohail Akbar received a three-year sentence, Major Jawad Baseer got two years, and Major Inayat Aziz and Major Iftikhar, were given one-and-a-half year sentences.
According to Pakistan Army Act, all the convicts possess the right to appeal against their conviction before the Army court of appeals.Brigadier Khan was also accused of being involved in a conspiracy to topple the government and trying to instigate a mutiny within the army, but some charges were later dropped. The court martial’s proceedings against Khan started last December. He was arrested after the US raid on the former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. It is the first time that senior army officers have been convicted and jailed over associations with banned organizations in the country.
Witnesses, mostly army officers told the court that Brigadier Khan was working with Hizb ut-Tahrir group.NK/AO/MA