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Benazir case: ATC grants defence request to obtain inquiry report

January 29, 2013

Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. — File photo

RAWALPINDI: An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi on Tuesday accepted a request of the defence lawyer to obtain an inquiry report in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, DawnNews reported.

The court moreover issued a notice to the Punjab government to make the report available by Feb 9.

Earlier today, the defence lawyer had submitted the request to obtain the report. The Federal Investigation Agency's prosecutor had opposed the request, however, the court eventually decided in its favour.

Also today, the court adjourned a request to allow key witness and US lobbyist Mark Siegel's to testify in the case through video conferencing to Feb 9.

In his statement recorded before FIA’s joint investigation team constituted to probe the assassination in 2009, Siegel had accused former president Pervez Musharraf of extending threats to Benazir regarding her safety and security in Pakistan.

Benazir was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi on Dec 27, 2007, weeks after she returned to Pakistan after years in self-imposed exile.