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Pak court acquits Geelani

In a major relief to Pakistani Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, the High Court in Islamabad acquitted him of all corruption charges and set aside his conviction in two graft cases citing lack of evidence.

world Updated: Feb 04, 2009 23:50 IST

In a major relief to Pakistani Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, the High Court in Islamabad on Wednesday acquitted him of all corruption charges and set aside his conviction in two graft cases citing lack of evidence.

A division bench of the Islamabad High Court headed by Chief Justice Sardar Mohammad Aslam allowed Gilani’s appeal and set aside his conviction by an anti-corruption court. It also acquitted Gilani and discharged his surety bond for bail.

Gilani was arrested in 2001 by the National Accountability Bureau, an anti-corruption agency set up by the regime of former President Pervez Musharraf, and spent nearly six years in prison after his conviction in two cases.