Islamabad: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a former senior policeman Saud Aziz to 17 years in prison for the assassination of the country’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Five people have been acquitted, while former President Pervez Musharraf has been declared an absconder.
Former two-time premier Ms Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, when she came out of a park after addressing an election rally. A case was registered soon after the assassination and the trial went through many ups and down until it was concluded yesterday in Rawalpindi.
The trial of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who was the President when Ms Bhutto was killed and who is one of those accused, will be held separately on his return to Pakistan, the judge had said yesterday.
Saud Aziz was the Rawalpindi police chief when Ms Bhutto was assassinated. He and another police officer Kurrum Shehzad were among the accused; they were arrested initially but released on bail in 2011.