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Convictions and acquittals in Benazir Bhutto murder trial

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By Euronews
Convictions and acquittals in Benazir Bhutto murder trial

Ex-President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, has been declared a fugitive by a special anti-terrorism court examining the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Five suspected Taliban members were acquitted due to lack of evidence, but two policemen were jailed for 17 years each for negligence.

Government prosecutor Khwaja Imtiaz outlined the reasons for their convictions.
“They (two police officers) played the role of facilitator. They gave a free hand, they removed the police force from the place of the assassination. They cleaned the crime scene and then they did not allow the postmortem to be performed so that no one could know what had happened.”

Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack following an election rally in Rawalpindi in 2007.

Musharraf, who was charged with culpability in the murder in 2013, will be arrested if he re-enters Pakistan.