Swiss graft cases against Zardari can’t be reopened: Govt
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad, May 6: Defying a Supreme Court order, Pakistan government Thursday said graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari in Switzerland over alleged stashing of USD 60 million in banks there cannot be reopened and made it clear that the matter is closed.
The government had made no contacts with Swiss authorities to revive the cases against Zardari, Attorney General Anwar-ul-Haq told a five-judge apex court bench.
The bench was hearing a suo motu case on implementation of a ruling which annulled a controversial graft amnesty that benefited Zardari and thousands of others.
Haq also submitted Law Secretary Aqil Mirza’s official response to the apex court.
He said the Law Secretary had made it clear that the cases in Switzerland were over and there was no need for any communication to reopen them.
The Law Secretary had also made it clear that the cases against Zardari cannot be reopened, Haq said.
The Supreme Court bench expressed its dissatisfaction with the government’s stand.
Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, a member of the bench, said the government seemed to be attaching no importance to the court’s verdict striking down the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issued by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
The bench asked the Attorney General to name the person who was impeding the implementation of the court’s verdict so that the bench could take action against him.
The Attorney General replied that the government’s intentions are honourable and proper procedures are being adopted to implement the verdict.
On March 31, the chief of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the country’s top anti-graft agency, had told a seven-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry that authorities had written letters to Swiss officials to reopen the corruption cases against Zardari.
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