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Pakistan court convicts two policemen for failing to protect assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

Court announced verdict in the murder of former PM Benzir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto, center, former prime minister and leader of opposition Pakistan Peoples Party, in November 2007.
(T. Mughal / European Pressphoto Agency)

A prosecutor says a Pakistani court has sentenced two former police officers to 17 years in prison for failing to provide adequate security to assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Khawaja Imtiaz says the anti-terrorism court also acquitted five suspected militants of aiding the attacker who assassinated Bhutto in a bomb and gun attack.

Imtiaz said the court declared former President Pervez Musharraf an absconder and ordered his property seized for not appearing in the court. He had been accused of conspiracy in Bhutto’s death.

Musharraf was president when Bhutto was assassinated during an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi. He resigned in 2008 after Bhutto’s party came into power and left Pakistan to avoid arrest. He lives in London.

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