Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pakistan court kills amnesty that covers president

As I mentioned yesterday, a revoking of the amnesty that was covering Pakistan PM Zardari could put the US's efforts in "AfPak" in a major bind.  The supreme court has indeed revoked it, which means that Zardari is facing possible prosecution for . . .
six graft cases dating back to the late 1990s. One case alleges he misappropriated $1.5 billion.
But not only the prime minister is on the hook:
The court decision apparently also leaves thousands of other officials, including Cabinet ministers loyal to Zardari, facing reopened corruption and other criminal cases. That prospect is sure to further weaken the U.S.-backed leader, who is unpopular and under pressure to give up much of his power.

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