A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has rejected the bail applications of three persons accused of involvement in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
The anti-terrorism court of Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman in Rawalpindi, currently hearing the case related to Bhutto's assassination, turned down the applications on Saturday after the public prosecutor said bail should not be granted to the accused as they were involved in a heinous crime.
The three suspected terrorists teenager Aitzaz Shah, his handler Sher Zaman and Abdul Rasheed had filed the bail applications. The court also decided to initiate a separate trial for Shah, who was declared a juvenile after a medical examination concluded that he was less than 18 years old.
Charges have not yet been framed against the five accused Shah, Sher Zaman, Rasheed, Mohammad Rafaqat and Hasnain Gul who have been arrested so far.
Five other accused Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud, Ikramullah, Abdur Rehman, Abdullah alias Saddam, and Faiz Mohammad alias Kaskat are still at large and have been declared proclaimed offenders by the court.
The case will come up for hearing again on July 14.
Bhutto was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack carried out by a suicide bomber shortly after she had addressed an election rally at Liaqat Bagh in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
Rafaqat and Gul were also allegedly involved in two other suicide attacks carried out in Rawalpindi last year. Rasheed was also allegedly involved in a rocket attack on an air force complex at Kamra in January.
The anti-terrorism court also ordered the freezing of the moveable and immoveable properties of the proclaimed offenders, including Baitullah Meshud.