February 13th, 2012
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Gilani indicted by Pak Supreme Court

gilaniIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has been indicted by the Supreme Court for contempt of court. He has been accused of refusing to act on its orders to reopen graft cases against the President, Asif Ali Zardari. If Mr Gilani is convicted, he could be imprisoned for six months and face possible removal from office after being disqualified from holding public office for five years.

A two-page chargesheet against the PM, signed by all seven judges of the bench, was read out in court this morning.The chargesheet indicted him for contempt of court Gilani denied the charges against him and challenged his indictment. Gilani’s lawyer told the court that the PM will not appear before it till February 17. Gilani has asked for time to reply on the chargesheet till February as he said that he is busy till February 17.

The next hearing in the contempt case against Gilani is on February 22 and the Defence lawyer has been asked to present evidence in court on February 27. Gilani has been exempted from personal appearance in court in the next hearing. The Prime Minister said in an interview to Al Jazeera TV on Saturday that if convicted, he would resign. Pakistan Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtaar told a major national television channel, “An early judgment in the case is unlikely. The President can pardon him and a new PM can also be appointed. Our government is following the law and we will explore all options available within the legal framework.”




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