• Short Summary

    The former Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto appeared before a special court in Lahore district jail on Saturday (11 March) at the start of his trial on charges of political corruption.

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    The former Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto appeared before a special court in Lahore district jail on Saturday (11 March) at the start of his trial on charges of political corruption. Judgement is expected in a few days in another trial, in the Lahore High Court, in which Mr. Bhutto is accused of ordering a political assassination. That case arose from an ambush three years ago on Mr. Ahmed Raza Kasuri, a member of parliament and an opponent of Mr. Bhutto. In the ambush, Mr. Kasuri's father was killed.

    SYNOPSIS: The trial, on corruption charges, held in a room over the main entrance to the prison, was adjourned for at least a month without Mr Bhutto being formally charged. Reporters were allowed into the hearing, but cameramen were banned. Even attempts to film outside the prison were discouraged by the authorities. Before he drove away from the prison, the judge, Mr Justice Shafiur Rahman said he expected the trial, when it resumed, would be fair and speedy. This was in reply to the counsel for Mr Bhutto who argued that the former Prime Minister could not properly defend himself on new charges while still under the threat of a possible death sentence in a murder trial.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA981E953HPQJ9HEQJI2TEY6S71
    Media URN:
    VLVA981E953HPQJ9HEQJI2TEY6S71
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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