The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) hearing the murder case of former prime minister and leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Benazir Bhutto for over 9 years announced its verdict on Thursday, exonerating five accused of all charges while sentencing two senior police officers to imprisonment.
Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf, who is also a suspect in the case, was declared an absconder for not appearing before the court. The judge has ordered confiscation of his property.
ATC Judge Asghar Khan sentenced former Rawalpindi CPO deputy inspector general of police Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town Superintendent of Police Khurram Shahzad to 17 years imprisonment each.
They were also ordered to pay a fine of Rs0.5 million each. Both men were present in the courtroom to hear the verdict and were taken into custody soon after the judgement was delivered.