Published On: Tue, Sep 5th, 2017

Benazir Murder Case – 5 Accused Acquitted in Anti-Terrorism Court

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Benazir Murder CaseThe Benazir murder case final verdict had been announced on 31 Aug, 2017. The anti-terrorism court (ATC) acquitted five Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suspects and also announcing 17 years of imprisonment for two police officers.

Gen Pervez Musharraf has also been declared as an absconder in the case, he was name in the case in February 2011.

Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad, the then Police chief Rawalpindi and a former Superintendent of Police (SP) at Rawal Town, respectively – were both given 17 years imprisonment but were out on a bail.

The two former policemen have each been awarded 10 years in prison under Section 119 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and seven years each under Section 201 of the PPC. They have also been fined Rs500, 000 each; in case they do not pay the fine, they will have to spend another six months in jail.

They were accused of negligence in security arrangements which subsequently led to the assassination of the former prime minister in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on Dec 27, 2007.

The five TTP suspects — Rafaqat Hussain, Husnain Gul, Sher Zaman, Aitzaz Shah and Abdul Rashid — have been cleared of all charges in the murder trial.

Court has directed authorities to seize Musharraf’s properties and issue permanent arrest warrants for the former dictator. A joint investigation team informed that Musharraf’s government provided inadequate security despite of being probed over and over and that led to her assassination.

Apart from Musharraf, five other men — Baitullah Mehsud, Ahmad Gul, Iqramullah, Abdullah, and Faizullah — have been declared absconders.

During the case, 68 witnesses appeared on behalf of the prosecution and recorded their testimonies. The police presented three challans before the court, wheras the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented five.

The judge hearing the case was changed eight times.

In 2013, FIA’s special prosecutor in the case was killed by unknown assailants. Doctors said he had been killed with 10 bullets targeting his chest and shoulder.

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