Pakistani ruling sets nuclear scientist free
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani judge ruled yesterday that nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan should be allowed freedom of movement more than five years after being put under house arrest for his role in a nuclear proliferation scandal.
Khan had lodged an appeal with the Lahore High Court as the authorities had confined him to his home despite a court order lifting his house arrest last February.
“Justice Ijaz Chaudhry, after hearing the argument, directed the government that it will not restrain Dr AQ Khan in any manner,” Khan’s lawyer, Ali Zafar, said.
Khan was pardoned but placed under house arrest in 2004 by then president Pervez Musharraf after the scientist confessed on television to selling nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
After a new gover nment came to power last year, Khan gave a series of media inter- views in which he recanted his 2004 confession, saying he only took the blame in retur n for assurances from Musharraf.
The court fixed another hearing for September 4 to address the question of whether government officials were in contempt of court for ignoring the February ruling. – Reuters
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