Bhutto Case Reignited With Arrests
Posted on Dec 5, 2010
In news that may reopen the mystery surrounding Benazir Bhutto’s unsolved assassination, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has ordered the arrests of the former police chief and deputy of Rawalpindi, the city where Bhutto was killed.
The assassination of Bhutto—a popular politician who was running for her country’s presidency—was a considerable blow to Pakistani democracy in 2007. The two suspects, Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad, allegedly ordered the crime scene to be cleaned after Bhutto’s death. —JCL
A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of two senior police officers in connection with Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, reviving hopes for a breakthrough in Pakistan’s most pressing political mystery.
An anti-terrorism court ordered the arrest of Rawalpindi’s former police chief, Saud Aziz, and his deputy Khurram Shahzad, who ordered the crime scene to be washed down less than two hours after the killing, destroying critical evidence.
“They were responsible for Bhutto’s security,” said special investigator Chaudhry Zulfiqar. “They ordered the crime scene to be hosed down despite resistance from other officials.”
AP / Mohammed Javed
Benazir Bhutto arrives at the Rawalpindi rally where she was later assassinated in 2007.