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Pakistan Arrests Two Police Officers In Bhutto Assassination


A police officer escorts Benazir Bhutto (left) as she visits a national shrine in Karachi in October 2007.

A police officer escorts Benazir Bhutto (left) as she visits a national shrine in Karachi in October 2007.

The Pakistani authorities have arrested two senior police officers for allegedly failing to protect slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Saud Aziz, then district police officer, and his assistant Khurram Shehzad were detained after a court in Rawalpindi denied their request for bail.

Both are accused of providing insufficient security for Bhutto, refusing a postmortem examination, and hosing down the crime scene before all the evidence had been collected.

Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack on December 27, 2007, during an election rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad.

A three-member UN panel that investigated the killing said in April that the government of then-military ruler Pervez Musharraf had failed to provide Bhutto with adequate security, despite threats on her life.

compiled from agency reports
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