ATC reserves judgment in Benazir Bhutto murder case

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RAWALPINDI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday reserved a verdict in former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto murder case after the counsels of the suspects concluded their arguments.
The ATC has been hearing the case for last nine years.
During the court proceedings today, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) public prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar presented his arguments and said that then-leader Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Babar Awan was in Bhutto’s backup vehicle, and another party leader Farhatullah Babar was controlling the vehicle.
He apprised the court that the vehicle later recovered from Zardari House in Islamabad when the investigation was handed over to the FIA.
The public prosecutor said that former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf had excused appearing before the court for receiving life-threats from global terror outfit Al Qaeda.
He further informed the ATC judge that statements of only 68 witnesses were recorded out of 121.
Informed sources claimed that the verdict is expected to be announced on Thursday (tomorrow) or after the Eid-ul-Azha holidays (on the first working day).
On December 27, 2007, Benazir was assassinated during a public gathering at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh.
In February 2008, a trial of five suspects began after they were apprehended by the police following an FIR over the incident registered on behalf of the state. However, once PPP won the 2008 elections, the investigation was handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
It merits to mention here that erstwhile president Pervez Musharraf is also a suspect in the case, who has remained absconding since the beginning.

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