Swiss govt. says graft cases against Zardari cannot be reopened

Islamabad, Feb. 10 (ANI): The Swiss government, in a letter to the Pakistan government, has said that graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari cannot be reopened.

Law minister Farooq H Naek confirmed that the Swiss authorities had responded to letters written by the Pakistan government in November 2012 on the instructions of Supreme Court, reports The Express Tribune.

According to sources, Pakistan’s mission in Geneva had been given advice from National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor General KK Agha, who prepared the case while working as an additional attorney of Pakistan. Agha closely coordinated with then NAB chairman Nawid Ahsan – who sent letters to the Swiss attorney general under section 21 of the NAB Ordinance 1991 as well, requesting mutual legal assistance.

At that time, eminent international law expert Ahmer Bilal Sufi had maintained the chances that graft cases against Zardari will be opened were ‘miniscule’.

Sufi explained that in Switzerland, once an investigation against the accused is closed on the request of the aggrieved party, it becomes very difficult under local laws to entertain a request to reopen the case. (ANI)

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