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Pakistan court reissues arrest warrant for former president Musharraf

From Reza Sayah, CNN
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been living in exile in London but is considering a political comeback.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been living in exile in London but is considering a political comeback.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Prosecutors say Pervez Musharraf didn't adequately protect Benazir Bhutto, assassinated in 2007
  • Musharraf's legal adviser says the accusations are politically motivated
  • Musharraf has said he wants to make a presidential run in 2013
  • He is in self-imposed exile in London
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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A court in Pakistan reissued an arrest warrant Saturday for former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a public prosecutor told CNN.

Prosecutors claim that an investigation shows Musharraf was responsible for not providing adequate protection for Bhutto and has not responded to a prosecutor's request to answer questions, prompting the court-ordered arrest warrant.

Authorities were unable to serve an arrest warrant issued last week because Musharraf is not in Pakistan, prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told CNN.

Ali said the court ordered authorities to serve the new warrant at all of Musharraf's residences, including those abroad.

Musharraf is currently living in self-imposed exile in London.

Ali said the court was adjourned until March 5.

Bhutto, who spent many years in exile, was assassinated in 2007 as she campaigned against Musharraf for the presidency.

Some have accused Musharraf of being involved in the assassination, but Musharraf denies any involvement. Late last year, Pakistani authorities arrested two police officials in the case.

A United Nations panel looking into Bhutto's assassination concluded that Pakistan's former military-led government failed to adequately protect her and that intelligence agencies hindered the subsequent investigation.

The panel's scathing report in April 2010 said the suicide bombing that killed Bhutto "could have been prevented" and that police deliberately failed to pursue an effective investigation into the killings. But Musharraf's government has said Bhutto had been afforded adequate protection.

Musharraf's legal adviser told CNN that Musharraf has not appeared before the court because the accusations against him are baseless and politically motivated.

"This is political victimization against Musharraf," Muhammad Ali Saif said. "Musharraf was never contacted by investigators to get his version of the assassination."

Musharraf went to London after resigning in 2008.

He decided to start a political party last year and make a comeback. He has said he wants to return for a presidential run in 2013 because he sees suffering in Pakistan and doesn't see a political party offering a solution.

Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report.

 
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