Cases against Zardari closed for ever

Cases against Zardari closed for ever

By Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Money laundering and graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari in the courts of Switzerland cannot be reopened, says a letter by the Swiss authorities in response to the communication sent by the Pakistan government following the Supreme Court’s order. Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Farooq H Naek revealed this on Saturday. The cases against President Zardari, his late spouse Benazir Bhutto and others were closed in the Swiss courts in 2009 after then Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Malik Muhammad Qayyum wrote a letter to the Swiss authorities concerned in this regard. Earlier, on the orders of the Supreme Court in the NRO case, the government had written a letter to the Swiss authorities to withdraw the letter written by the AGP. The Swiss authorities, after a detailed perusal of the letter in the light of the law of the land, informed the Pakistan government that the cases against President Asif Ali Zardari could not be reopened. Farooq H Naek said that the letter of the Swiss authorities was delivered to President Zardari. On the issue of writing the letter to the Swiss authorities, former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was found guilty of contempt of court and was disqualified by the Supreme Court. Afterwards, incumbent Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf complied with the SC orders and wrote the letter to withdraw the earlier letter written by the AGP but the letter could not get the cases against Zardari reopened. According to the BBC, in the letter received by the Law Ministry, the Swiss authorities state that Asif Ali Zardari, being the president, has complete immunity, and till Zardari holds the office of the president, no prosecution can take place against him.

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