Convicted cops challenge Benazir murder case verdict

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RAWALPINDI: Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad, two police officials sentenced to prison in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, have challenged the verdict of the anti-terrorism court (ATC).

Aziz and Shahzad have challenged the verdict in the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench after receiving a copy of the detailed judgment on Wednesday.

At the time of Bhutto’s assassination, Aziz was Rawalpindi police chief and Shehzad was Rawal Town’s Superintendent Police (SP).

The former policemen were awarded 10 years in prison under Section 119 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and seven years each under Section 201 of the PPC, making it 17 years each, for being “negligent”.

The ATC had acquitted the five suspects belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)—who were indicted in 2008. The court had also declared then-president Pervez Musharraf an absconder in the case.

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