Wolf Blitzer

Pervez Musharraf Indicted for Benazir Bhutto Murder

Although he is already under house arrest for a number of other charges pending against him, Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military leader who took control of the government after ousting then (and once again, now) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a coup, was indicted today on three charges relating to the assassination in 2007 of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The charges were filed in the Anti-Terrorism Court in Rawilpindi. From Dawn:

“He was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy for murder and facilitation for murder,” public prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told AFP at the ATC in Rawalpindi hearing the case.

The six accused persons include former City Police Officer (CPO) of Rawalpindi Saud Aziz, the then SP Khurram Shahzad, Hasnain Gul, Rafaqat Hussain, Sher Zaman and Abdul Rasheed respectively.

Salman Masood and Declan Walsh provide more in the New York Times:

The sight of a once untouchable general being called to account by a court had a potent symbolism in a country that has been ruled by the military for about half of its 66-year history. While the military remains deeply powerful, the prosecution has sent the message that Pakistan’s top generals are subject to the rule of law — at least after they have retired.

If only Stanley McChrystal and David Petraeus were called to account for their crimes. But I digress.

The Times continues with interesting information on the basis of the charges against Musharraf:

The case against Mr. Musharraf is believed to rest largely on a statement by Mark Siegel, a Washington lobbyist and friend of Ms. Bhutto’s, who says that Mr. Musharraf made a threatening phone call to her before she returned to Pakistan in October 2007. Ms. Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack as she left a rally in Rawalpindi in December 2007.

Mr. Siegel said Ms. Bhutto had warned him in an e-mail that if she were killed, the blame should fall on four named people — a former director of the ISI spy service, a military intelligence agent, a political rival, and Mr. Musharraf.

It would appear that Siegel now bases his career on his former association with Bhutto and a book they wrote together just prior to her death. Here is more on the email at the heart of the case: Continue reading

Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @nickmanes1 A claim that Ellis is "moderate." I kid you not. @wizardkitten
1mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @wizardkitten I heard certain Dems pushing Ellis, so maybe that's what they've got. @nickmanes1
5mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @JoshMBlackman @MikeSacksEsq @dsc250 @steve_vladeck @imillhiser Yeah, I am not so sure SCOTUS is as eager to take this as you are.
10mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV Finally figured it out: people can't come off the watch list because they are so pissed at not being allowed off they might do terra.
10mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @imillhiser @JoshMBlackman @steve_vladeck @dsc250 @MikeSacksEsq One other thought: I can see Edwards or another judge sua sponte requesting.
12mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @wizardkitten God, sounds like it's even stupidly made. Are they just wasting donors money at this point? @nickmanes1
12mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Actually, I think they need a name with your gait. So "Wheeler walker" might fly.
13mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @MikeScarcella: 'DOJ tries to hide the Blue Book behind a veil of privilege, trumpeting a laundry list of doom-and-gloom outcomes.' http…
18mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV Horse people know it's easy to get wrong lead on some gaits. RT @emptywheel: Apparently your gait or DNA can be nominated as a terrorist.
20mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Apparently your gait or DNA can be nominated as a terrorist.
21mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @wizardkitten I'm just hoping they roll out Mike Rogers to beat up Amash before this is out, bc that would be popcorn-worthy. @nickmanes1
25mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @wizardkitten Maybe GOPers think that by having a Real Live Politician say it, it'll sound like a real policy issue. @nickmanes1
26mreplyretweetfavorite
July 2014
S M T W T F S
« Jun    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031