Pakistani high court orders Zardari cases reopened
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||12 July 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pakistani high court orders Zardari cases reopened, 12 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5000254c1c.html [accessed 19 April 2014]|
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July 12, 2012
Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to reopen a corruption probe of President Asif Ali Zardari.
The court also obliquely threatened Ashraf, saying that he "is bound to implement the relevant directions of this court" just like his predecessor, former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, whom the court disqualified from office last month.
The court ordered Ashraf report on his compliance with the order by July 25.
The cases against Zardari were dismissed in 2007 under an amnesty passed by then-President Pervez Musharraf.
The court later ruled that amnesty illegal.
The government has refused, saying the head of state enjoys immunity from prosecution.
Zardari says the charges are politically motivated.
Also on July 12, Zardari signed into law a measure exempting senior ministers from contempt-of-court proceedings.
Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP