Bhutto sentenced in Switzerland

Posted August 5, 2003 to Pakistan category.

The debate in Pakistan about the amount Bhutto and Zardari stole is officially estimated to be well over a billion dollars. A 50K fine each seems ludicrous, and the 2 million figure is just pocket change.
Earlier, the Pakistan government had even hired an American asset recovery company to track down the hidden billions.

A judge in Switzerland has found former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Zardari, guilty of money laundering.

Investigation Judge Daniel Devaud in Geneva sentenced them to a six-month suspended jail term, fined them $50,000 each and ordered they pay more than $2m to the Pakistani Government.

He said they had illegally deposited millions of dollars in accounts in Switzerland, and ordered the money be returned to Pakistan.

Update: Dawn: Benazir, Asif to file appeal against sentence

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