Benazir assassination: Five acquitted, two sentenced, Musharraf declared absconder

Islamabad: Five accused persons in the Benazfir Bhutto murder case were acquitted  and two sentenced to imprisonment on as the Anti-Terrorism Court hearing the case for over nine years announced its verdict on Thursday,  Geo News reported.

The court also declared former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf as an absconder.

ATC Judge Asghar Khan announced the verdict in court, sentencing former Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad- suspects out on bail — to 17 years in prison.

The anti-terrorism court will give its judgment on five militants affiliated to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror group and two senior police officers.

Special Prosecutor Federal Investigation Agency Khawaja Mohammad Imtiaz spoke to media after the verdict. He said that two to three concrete reasons for sheer concern were there, first of all there was a security lapse and the crime scene was washed only hours after the incident.

Imtiaz said that the crime scene was washed after merely an hour in order to wipe out evidence and the area wasn’t cordoned off as per the standard procedure worldwide.

Bhutto, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chief and two-time former prime minister, was assassinated in a suicide attack at an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007.

An FIR over the incident was registered on behalf of the state following which the murder trial of five suspects began in February of 2008. However, once PPP won the 2008 elections, the investigation was handed over to the FIA.

–India Blooms News Service

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