|Posted by vosbboorg on October 16, 2011 at 6:45 AM|
ATC rejects acquittal plea of top police officials
RAWALPINDI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), on Saturday, rejected an acquittal plea filed by former police chief of Rawalpindi Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad in Benazir Bhutto assassination case.
The two police officers are accused of failing to provide adequate security to the slain prime minister, Benazir Bhutto (BB), and destroying vital evidence.
Aziz and Shahzad said they were also being charged with terrorism, murder, attempt to murder and being part of a criminal conspiracy.
They maintained that under the law, charges of murder and terrorism could not be levelled against them since an investigation team had not provided any evidence to prove these allegations.
They, in their appeals, pleaded to the court that there were no sufficient proofs against them in the case and therefore they be exonerated.
Aziz and Shahzad were present in the court on Saturday along with seven other accused in the case.
Justice Shahid Rafiq heard proceedings of the case at Adyala Jail.
During the previous hearing, the court had reserved its verdict after hearing arguments of the defence and prosecution lawyers with regard to the appeals. Charges will be framed against both officials on October 22. BB was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack at an election rally outside Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007. agenci
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