BB as­sas­si­na­tion case: Mark Siegel agrees to record state­ment

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

US au­thor Mark Seigel who had ear­lier re­fused to record a state­ment in Be­nazir Bhutto as­sas­si­na­tion case ex­pressed on Mon­day will­ing­ness to record a state­ment via a video con­fer­ence.

Seigel, a close friend and con­fi­dante of the late prime min­is­ter and an im­por­tant pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness, ear­lier cited se­cu­rity rea­sons for his re­fusal to ap­pear in per­son to record a state­ment against for­mer mil­i­tary ruler Pervez Musharaf in the Be­nazir as­sas­si­na­tion case. Ear­lier this year, the au­thor said he was ready to record his state­ment through video link. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the video con­fer­ence is sched­uled to be held on Au­gust 26 at 7:30pm, for which prepa­ra­tions are un­der­way.

The video con­fer­ence will be headed and wit­nessed by ATC-I Judge Muham­mad Ayub Marth who will record Seigel's state­ment. Fur­ther, sources said that Marth will be able to ques­tion Seigel af­ter he has made his state­ment. Siegel will record his state­ment from Pak­istan Em­bassy in Washington.

For­mer prime min­is­ter Be­nazir was as­sas­si­nated out­side Rawalpindi's Li­aquat Bagh on De­cem­ber 27, 2007 and ac­cord­ing to Siegel, Mushar­raf had threat­ened Be­nazir with "dire con­se­quences" if she re­turned home be­fore the 2008 elec­tion. Along with five other pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses, Siegel was sum­moned on Jan­uary 5 by an anti-ter­ror­ism court to record state­ments in the high-pro­file as­sas­si­na­tion case.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.