Pakistan Issues Warrant for Musharraf in Bhutto Slaying

'Accused' of not providing adequate security
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2011 7:12 AM CST
In this Dec. 27, 2007 file photo, Pakistan former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto waves to her supporters at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi, just before her assassination.   (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash, File)
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(Newser) – Three years after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto sent Pakistan reeling, a judge has issued an arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf, naming him as an "accused" in her death, reports the BBC. Musharraf stands accused of not providing adequate security for Bhutto; two senior cops told investigators that on Musharraf's orders, they removed a security detail from Bhutto's motorcade just before a suicide bomber hit it.

Musharraf also allegedly instructed officials to hose the crime scene, making it infinitely harder to collect evidence. Bhutto's party swept to victory, eventually forcing him from office; he now lives in Britain in exile. The judge ordered Musharraf, who has spent much of his exile on the lecture circuit, to appear in court on February 19, notes the AP.
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