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Court orders new trial in Benazir Bhutto assassination case

Oct. 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A Pakistani anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi Tuesday granted a new trial request in the case of the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Akhtar Shah, a member of the Pakistan Social Justice Party, argued that Pervez Musharraf, as a former president, could not be held responsible in the case and had immunity, Dawn News reported.

A Federal Investigative Agency prosecutor opposed the application, saying Akhtar Shah could not become a party in the case.

The court reserved judgment on the application seeking to prevent Musharraf from becoming a party in the case and eventually dismissed the request, Dawn News said.

The judges did accept a request for a new trial of the case and ordered the FIA to present a list of witnesses at the next hearing, scheduled for Oct. 22.

Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack in Rawalpindi on Dec. 27, 2007. She was killed after addressing an election campaign rally.

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