Pakistani PM's Lawyer: No Harm In Graft Case

By Salon Staff

Published January 18, 2012 8:45AM (EST)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The lawyer for Pakistan's prime minister says there would be no harm in the government asking Swiss authorities to reopen an old corruption case against the country's president, because he enjoys immunity from prosecution.

The Wednesday comments by lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan suggest a way out of a legal crisis which could theoretically lead to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani being ousted from office.

Gilani is scheduled to appear Thursday before the Supreme Court, which has initiated contempt proceedings against the prime minister for failing to write a letter to Swiss authorities asking them to reopen the case against his ally, President Asif Ali Zardari.

Ahsan's comments indicate Gilani may agree to send the letter to avoid being held in contempt.

Salon Staff

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