Pakistan pleads guilty to contempt of Prime Minister
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Pakistan pleads guilty to contempt of Prime Minister

Islamabad : Pakistan | Apr 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM PDT
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Pakistan's Supreme Court said today the prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, guilty of contempt for refusing to reopen a case of corruption against the current president, a spokesman for the court. Gilani will have to undergo imprisonment, because the Court sentenced him "to adjourn the court," a symbolic formula that lasts only until conviction that the trial ends, that is, about thirty seconds.

The verdict was issued by a seven-member bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk, who found him guilty, for want of knowing the judgment in detail, of having violated Article 63-1-g of the Constitution by not respecting the court . "For reasons to be specified later, the prime minister is guilty of contempt for disobeying the order of the Supreme Court order," said Nasirul Mulk judge pronounced the verdict, according to Dawn TV channel. Gilani, accompanied by members of his cabinet, shook hands with his team and left, and then told the Geo TV channel in his opinion the verdict is "inappropriate." The Pakistani media have speculated these days about the fate of Prime Minister if he was found guilty of contempt, has a maximum sentence of six months, although most analysts believe that there would be an immediate disqualification. Article 63-1-g provides for disqualification for membership of Parliament who, among other things, act against judicial integrity or damage the reputation of justice or the Armed Forces of the South Asian country. Gilani was charged in February for his contempt of the orders of the High Court, which required him to reopen corruption cases against politicians closed in 2007 after an amnesty approved by the regime of General Pervez Musharraf. Specifically, the court had required Gilani, the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), to write a letter to Switzerland to reopen a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari, filed in that country skiing in the heat of the amnesty . But Gilani was adamant in his support for the president and head of his party, and told the court he would not write the letter, buried amid a power struggle with the judiciary and the military, which has ruled the country for part in its history.
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rabia AFZAL is based in Gujrāt, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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