BB Murder case: Witness retracts statement

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ISLAMABAD:

Yet another key witness in Benazir Bhutto’s murder case retracted his earlier statement during a cross examination session at the Anti-Terrorism  Court in Islamabad (ATC), according to sources.

Earlier, director general National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) retired Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema and SSP Yasin Farooq had retracted the statements attributed to them by the prosecution.

ATC Judge Rai Muhammad Ayub Marth commenced the hearing of BB Murder case in Adiala Jail when a prosecution witness, retired SSP Major Imtiaz-a key security official of Benazir, withdrew his earlier statement.

In an earlier statement, it was claimed that Benazir was killed due to inadequate security arrangements at Liaquat Bagh. Major Imtiaz also alleged that the then city police officer Syed Saud Aziz and other officials were not on duty when the attackers attacked Benazir.

However, Imtiaz told the ATC on Monday that foolproof security cover was provided to Ms Bhutto outside Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007 the day she was killed in a gun-and-bomb attack afte a public meeting.

He added, “Had Benazir not appeared from sunroof of the vehicle, she might not have been killed.”

After the cross-examining, the ATC special Judge Rai Mohammad Ayub Marth adjourned further proceedings till July 8, 2015.