PPP denies Swiss jewellery belonged to Benazir or Zardari

Updated November 24, 2014

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PPP leader and spokesman Farhatullah Babar. -APP/File
PPP leader and spokesman Farhatullah Babar. -APP/File

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Monday said that a Swiss tribunal held jewellery set, seized in connection with investigations into the SGS case, does not belong to the legal heirs of the late Benazir Bhutto or former president Asif Ali Zardari.

“The piece of jewellery never belonged to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Therefore there is no question that it belongs to her legal heirs or to Mr Asif Zardari. Let there be no doubt or mistake about it,” said PPP spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar in a statement.

Babar said any assertion that the jewellery belonged to the legal heirs of Benazir Bhutto is wrong and incorrect.

He said that although he had not seen the latest ruling of the Swiss tribunal, but on the basis of his association with the case from its inception, he could make this assertion confidently.

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A Swiss federal tribunal had ruled that a valuable jewellery set that was seized by authorities in connection with investigations into allegations of graft belonged to former president Asif Ali Zardari or the legal heirs of the late Benazir Bhutto.

The set, which includes a necklace, a bracelet, a pair of earrings and a ring, is said to be valued at over $180,000. In the judgment issued on Oct 29, a copy of which is available with Dawn, the tribunal rejected ownership claims filed by Bomer Finance for the jewellery.

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The company was allegedly formed by Mr Jens Schlegelmilch and linked to Asif Zardari and was at the centre of the SGS-Cotecna investigation.