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Pakistan asks Swiss to reopen Zardari probe

A lawyer for Pakistan's top anti-corruption commission says the country has asked Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against its president, Asif Ali Zardari.

"In light of directions of the court on the revival of the Swiss cases, the NAB has initiated the process," Abid Zuberi, a lawyer for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) told Pakistan’s supreme court.

Switzerland's Federal Justice Office on Wednesday said it knew nothing of the request.

"We have not received any requests for assistance on this," Folco Galli, spokesman for the Federal Justice Office, told swissinfo.ch.

Zardari and his wife, the late former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, were convicted by a Geneva court in 2003 of laundering $13 million (SFr13.8 million) linked to kickbacks.

That verdict was thrown out on appeal.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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