Corruption case against Zardari to be reopened
Wednesday 19 September 2012
The prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf told the Supreme Court
yesterday that the government would comply with a longstanding demand to
reopen an old corruption case against the president, defusing a
conflict that has roiled the country's political system and led to the
ousting of the last premier.
President Asif Ali Zardari is believed to be in little immediate danger from the case in Switzerland, where he is recognised as enjoying immunity from prosecution as a foreign head of state. But the decision came as a surprise to many, given the government had refused for months to follow the court's order to write a letter to Swiss authorities asking them to reopen the case.
Both sides have come under public criticism for focusing on the case instead of dealing with the weak economy, electricity shortages and a bloody Taliban insurgency.
Mr Ashraf said he finally ordered the law minister to write to the Swiss "in the larger interest of the country, in the larger interest of the people of Pakistan and in the larger interest of the integrity of Pakistan".
The case relates to millions of dollars in kickbacks that Zardari, pictured, and his late wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, allegedly received from Swiss companies when she was in power in the 1990s.
Easter egg hunt horror as mother finds dead body under deck of house
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Wreckage could be found within a week as search reaches 'very critical juncture', says minister
Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
Royal Tour 2014: Is the Duchess of Cambridge the only person ever to climb into a fighter jet wearing a dress and high heels?
- 1 Easter egg hunt horror as mother finds dead body under deck of house
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 How We Met: Alison Moyet & Emma Kennedy: 'I knew we'd be friends because she was happy to make a prat of herself'
£130 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Ilford: Secondary Geography Teacher Lo...
£55 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Are you a dynamic and energeti...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Group: SEN TAs, LSAs and Support Workers needed...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: The Sheffield office of this...