Bhutto sentenced in Switzerland

The “debate”:http://www.rediff.com/news/jun/12rajiv.htm in Pakistan about the amount Bhutto and Zardari stole is “officially estimated”:http://www.dawn.com/weekly/cowas/20010211.htm 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”:http://www.newsline.com.pk/NewsSep2002/newsspsep.htm to track down the hidden billions.

bq.. 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.

p. Update: “Dawn: Benazir, Asif to file appeal against sentence”:http://www.dawn.com/2003/08/06/top2.htm

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