Pak SC urged to review 'guilty' verdict on Gilani following Swiss stand on Zardari graft cases

Lahore, Feb. 13 (ANI): Pakistani barrister, Aitzaz Ahsan, has asked the Supreme Court to review its decision to disqualify former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani for five years for not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities, saying it was "unjust".

The former counsel for Gilani further said he always asked the government to write the letter as it would not challenge the immunity of the president, reports The Dawn.

The apex court had dismissed Gilani as premier on June 19, 2012, after convicting him of contempt in April for refusing to reopen the multi-million-dollar graft cases against Zardari.

Incumbent Ashraf was elected premier following Gilani's dismissal, after which the letter to the Swiss authorities was finally written.

The Swiss government, in response to the letter, said that graft cases against Zardari cannot be reopened.

The allegations against Zardari date back to the 1990s, when he and his late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto were suspected of using Swiss bank accounts to launder 12 million dollars allegedly paid in bribes by companies seeking customs inspection contracts.

The Swiss shelved the case in 2008 when Zardari became president and the government had been insisting that the president has full immunity. But in 2009 the apex court overturned the NRO ordering that the cases be reopened. (ANI)


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