'Bleak chance' of reopening graft cases against Zardari in Swiss letter issue

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 11:31 hrs

The Pakistan High Commission in Geneva has informed the Presidency that there is a "bleak chance" of reopening of dormant graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari under the existing local laws.

The Express Tribune quoted a senior official at the Presidency, as saying that a Swiss attorney has informed that Islamabad's request for reopening the corruption case against Zardari has "no substantial grounds", and hence, revival of Swiss cases against him are unlikely.

Representative of Pakistan's mission in Geneva hired services of a local attorney, who is currently assisting the attorney general of Switzerland, the official revealed.

He added that the legal team believes their findings will come out by end of this month.

Meanwhile, Law Secretary Yasmin Abbasi said her ministry was yet to receive official correspondence from Swiss authorities or the Pakistan High Commission over the matter.

On November 5, 2012, the government, on the directions of the Supreme Court dispatched the contentious letter to Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against Zardari who allegedly set aside millions in kickbacks earned illegally. (ANI)

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