Next contempt hearing against Gilani on Feb 28

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 15:25

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Supreme Court Wednesday
adjourned the contempt of court case against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani till February 28 after admitting evidence and recording the statement of the prosecutor.

A seven-judge bench headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk
recorded the statement of Attorney General Anwar-ul-Haq, who
has been asked to act as prosecutor for the proceedings
against Gilani.
Haq presented evidence against the premier, including the
apex court`s orders to implement a direction that struck down
a graft amnesty which benefited President Asif Ali Zardari.

Haq presented several documents, including the primary
verdict that annulled the National Reconciliation Ordinance, a
graft amnesty issued by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, and the apex court`s order dismissing a review
petition filed by the federal government.

The Supreme Court recently rejected Gilani`s appeal and
indicted him for contempt of court.

The court initiated proceedings against the premier after
he refused to act on orders to reopen cases of alleged money
laundering against Zardari in Switzerland.
The apex court has been pressuring the government to
revive the cases against Zardari since December 2009, when it
struck down the National Reconciliation Ordinance.

The government has refused to act, saying the President
enjoys complete immunity from prosecution within Pakistan and
abroad.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 15:25
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