Thursday, 22 April 2021

Court declares Musharraf ‘absconder’ in Benazir murder case


RAWALPINDI: Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday has announced the verdict in former Prime Minister (PM) Benazir Bhutto murder case after nine years, and declared Pervez Musharraf absconder.

The court has also directed to forfeit the property of former president and military leader. ATC has sentenced former Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad to 17 years in prison, and fined them Rs5 lac apiece. Both police officers have been arrested from Adiala Jail.

Furthermore, the court has released the other five suspects over lack of evidence against them who were nabbed in this case.

The ATC had on Wednesday reserved the judgment in the murder case of former PM. ATC Rawalpindi heard the case during which prosecutor of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Khawaja Asif and the lawyers of the suspects presented their arguments.

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007 while Musharraf was president. She was killed after addressing an election campaign rally in the city.

A trial of five suspects, who were arrested by police, started in February 2008 which was later handed over to FIA.

The ATC had indicted former president Pervez Musharraf in the case in February 2011, and in August the same year he was declared a proclaimed offender. A separate case was filed against his continuous absence.

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