FIA challenges ATC verdict in Benazir Bhutto murder case | Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigative Company (FIA) has filed a petition within the Lahore Excessive Court docket difficult the Anti-Terrorism Court docket’s choice within the Benazir Bhutto homicide case.

The petition, filed within the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench, maintains that the FIA has irrefutable proof towards the acquitted suspects.

The decision introduced by ATC Choose Asghar Khan at Adiala Jail had cleared the 5 accused within the case, sentenced two former police officers and declared former president Normal (retd) Pervez Musharraf as an absconder.

Aitzaz Shah, Sher Zaman, Abdul Rasheed, Rafaqat Hussain and Hasnain Gul, who have been indicted by the ATC in November 2008, have been cleared of all fees. The 5 accused had been charged for killing, hatching felony conspiracy to kill, abetting the perpetrators, utilizing unlawful explosive materials and spreading terrorism on Dec 27, 2007 when 22 folks, together with the previous premier, have been killed in a gun-and-bomb assault exterior Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh, when she was leaving after holding an election rally.

Saud Aziz, who was the police chief in Rawalpindi on the time of Bhutto’s assassination, and former Rawal City SP Khurram Shahzad, have been sentenced to 17 years every and have been ordered to pay a effective of Rs0.5 million every by the ATC.

In the meantime, the Pakistan Peoples’ Celebration (PPP) has additionally challenged the ATC’s choice. 

Chatting with the media earlier this month, PPP’s Latif Khosa, who was additionally a counsel within the case, stated Benazir had repeatedly said that Musharraf was not offering her safety.

Khosa claimed Musharraf didn’t even let Benazir maintain her personal non-public safety.

“She had stated that Musharraf can be straight accountable in case something occurred to her,” he stated.

Convicted cops problem verdict

On September 11, the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench authorized for listening to appeals submitted by the 2 policemen convicted within the case.

Aziz and Khurram Shahzad have been sentenced to 17 years every and ordered to pay a effective of Rs0.5 million every for his or her negligence in investigating the case correctly. Shahzad was SP Rawal City on the time of the incident.

The case was heard by LHC’s Justice Tariq Abbasi and Justice Habibullah Amir, who issued notices to the respondents and adjourned the listening to. 

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