30 seconds in custody

Published April 26, 2012
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, center, makes his way to the Supreme Court for a hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 26, 2012.  – Photo by AP
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, center, makes his way to the Supreme Court for a hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 26, 2012. – Photo by AP
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is escorted by security and supporters as he leaves the Supreme Court after a verdict in Islamabad on April 26. Pakistan's prime minister was convicted of contempt of court by the country's highest court but given only a token sentence in a case that could still see him thrown out of office. The court found Gilani guilty of contempt over his refusal to obey an order to write to the authorities in Switzerland. – Photo by AFP
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is escorted by security and supporters as he leaves the Supreme Court after a verdict in Islamabad on April 26. Pakistan's prime minister was convicted of contempt of court by the country's highest court but given only a token sentence in a case that could still see him thrown out of office. The court found Gilani guilty of contempt over his refusal to obey an order to write to the authorities in Switzerland. – Photo by AFP
Policemen in riot-gears cordon off the Supreme court as Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, unseen, appears for a hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 26, 2012. – Photo by AP
Policemen in riot-gears cordon off the Supreme court as Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, unseen, appears for a hearing in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 26, 2012. – Photo by AP
Pakistani security personnel escort Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's car as he leaves the Supreme Court after a verdict in Islamabad on April 26, 2012.     – Photo by AFP
Pakistani security personnel escort Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's car as he leaves the Supreme Court after a verdict in Islamabad on April 26, 2012. – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani shout slogans against the contempt of court verdict outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad on April 26, 2012.  – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani shout slogans against the contempt of court verdict outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad on April 26, 2012. – Photo by AFP

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday was convicted of contempt of court and sentenced until the rising of the court, DawnNews reported.

A seven-judge bench of the court, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk, announced the verdict in the contempt of court case.

The premier was convicted and sentenced under Article 63 (1) (g) of the constitution.

For reasons to be recorded later, the prime minister is found guilty of contempt for wilfully flouting the direction of the Supreme Court, said Justice Nasirul Mulk.

The sentencing lasted for 30 seconds. The prime minister remained standing for 30 seconds after the announcement of judgment. He could have been sentenced to a maximum sentence of six months in prison, but the court ordered him to be imprisoned until the hearing adjourned.

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