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Swiss refuse to reopen Zardari graft probe: Islamabad

Published on Feb 10, 2013 4:39 PM
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (R), son of assassinated former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, walks with his father, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari during the fifth anniversary of Benazir Bhutto's death, at the Bhutto family mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, near Larkana Dec 27, 2012. --PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Switzerland has refused to reopen long-running graft cases against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari as he enjoys immunity as head of state, Pakistan's law ministry said on Sunday.

Pakistan wrote to Swiss authorities in October over the multi-million dollar allegations against Mr Zardari, which date back to the 1990s, at the insistence of the country's Supreme Court.

Mr Zardari and his late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto, were accused of using Swiss banks to launder US$12 million (S$14.8 million) in alleged kickbacks.

Yasmin Abbasey, the top official in the law ministry, told AFP the Swiss had replied saying they would not reopen the cases which were frozen when Mr Zardari became head of state in 2008.

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