US journo refuses to visit Pak to testify against Musharraf in Benazir murder case

Rawalpindi, Jan. 8 (ANI): An American journalist, who is a key witness in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, has refused to come to Pakistan to record his statement before an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) citing security concerns.

An ATC on January 6 had directed Mark Siegel, who was also a close friend and the speech writer of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, to appear in person before the court as a prosecution witness against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, reports The Express Tribune.

According to an earlier statement of Siegel, Musharraf had threatened Benazir with "dire consequences" if she returned home before the 2008 elections. Siegel had alleged that Musharraf knew of the assassination plot and had personally ordered the destruction of evidence in the case.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali informed the court that Siegel was reluctant to come to Pakistan to record his statement over security concerns, adding that Siegel prefers to record his statement via a video link. (ANI)


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