July 6, 1997 in Nation/World

Bhutto’s Husband Charged In Slaying

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A judge charged Benazir Bhutto’s husband Saturday with ordering the killing of her estranged brother, 10 months after he died in police gunfire outside his Karachi home.

Murtaza Bhutto, 43, ran a breakaway faction of his sister’s Pakistan People’s Party until he was gunned down last September.

Benazir Bhutto had accused President Farooq Leghari, her rival, of ordering her brother’s murder in an attempt to unseat her.

But Karachi District Court Judge Shah Nawaz Awan on Saturday charged Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir Bhutto’s husband, and 21 former officials with murder and conspiracy in the death of Murtaza Bhutto.


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