Lawyer for Suspect in Benazir Killing Claims His Client Is Being Scapegoated

[Saud Aziz claims FIA has cell phones in question.  It will be interesting to see just how long this juggling act can go on between the Law and lawless officials.] 

‘Saud being victimized in BB case’ Anwer Abbas

ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) No-III, Rawalpindi, Wednesday rejected the request by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to extend the physical remand of former City Police Officer Rawalpindi, Saud Aziz, and former ex-Superintendent Police Khurram Shahzad for nine more days and sent them to jail on judicial remand of 14 days. The Court directed the authorities concerned to reproduce them before the court by January 12, 2011. Both the former police officers are being tried for involvement in the assassination of former twice premier and ex-chairperson Pakistan People’s Party Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, where as Saud Aziz accused the FIA officials and Public prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar for misreporting the truth before the court, The Frontier Post learnt through reliable sources. Informed sources said that Anjum Wahid the lawyer of former City Police Officer Rawalpindi, Saud Aziz, informed the court that statements issued by the FIA officials and the Public prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar were not true and were against the facts and figures. Public prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar informed the Court that there were some difficulties in acquiring the record of the mobile phones used by both the former police high-up on the day of incident, as both were not cooperating with the investigating authorities concerned, which was not true and his client was fully cooperating with the court. Elaborating further he maintained that the data from the cellular phone of the former City Police Officer Rawalpindi was in custody of FIA, who was refusing the reality. Expressing anger and reservations, Anjum Wahid, Aziz’s attorney termed the allegations by Chaudhry Zulfiqar as baseless accusing Saud Aziz for having contacts with the ISI and MI at the time of incident saying that his client was a government employee. Following the proceedings Judge Rana Nisar Ahmed refused the request of the FIA to extend the physical remand of both the accused for nine more days and sent them to jail on judicial remand of 14 days. Anjum Wahid vowed to make public facts and figures about allegation leveled by FIA officials soon, claiming that his client was being victimized for the crime which he had not committed.