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Pak court acquits Zardari in smuggling case

Pakistani court acquits Asif Ali Zardari and wajid Hassan in a case in which they were charged with smuggling artefacts to Britian.

world Updated: May 13, 2008 13:06 IST


A Pakistani court on Tuesday acquitted PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in a case in which he was charged with smuggling artefacts, antiques and other contraband items to Britain.

A single-judge bench of the Sindh High Court gave the verdict in response to a review petition filed by the Pakistan People's Party leader's lawyer.

The court acquitted Pakistan's former high commissioner to Britain Wajid Shasmul Hassan who was also an accused in the case.

The case was registered in 1997 after a consignment of eight boxes was intercepted at London airport. The boxes allegedly contained artefacts, antiques and other contraband items.

Zardari and Hassan were charged with smuggling the items to London. Two other accused in the case, a former deputy collector of customs and a former managing director of Pakistan International Airlines, were earlier acquitted by a trial court.

Several corruption cases against Zardari, which dated back to his slain wife Benazir Bhutto's two terms as prime minister, have been scrapped by Pakistani authorities in the wake of a controversial order issued by President Pervez Musharraf last year to drop all graft charges against the couple.