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Benazir assassination case accused disappears from Pak jail: report

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

A man acquitted in the case of former was reported as missing from the high-security here, a media report said today.

Benazir, the of Pakistan, was killed in a gun and suicide attack at an election rally in on December 27, 2007.

The accused, Rafaqat Hussain's father filed a plea to the bench in the (LHC) and claimed his son had gone missing from the the prison, Express reported.

He maintained that Hussain was acquitted in the case but was still being detained in jail.

Justice accepted the application for hearing and issued a notice to the local senior police official and directed for a reply to be submitted on July 16, the report said.

An (ATC) had acquitted Hussain in August 2017, however, he was kept in detention, it said.

Earlier, an acquitted five accused for lack of evidence and branded former a fugitive.

ATC found two police officers guilty of "mishandling the crime scene", making them the only people to have been convicted over the of Benazir.

The not only declared Musharraf a "proclaimed offender", but also ordered confiscation of his property.

In 2013, Musharraf was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy for murder, and facilitation for murder. But he has been in self-imposed exile in ever since a was lifted three years later, the report said.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:20 IST
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