Pakistani PM In Court To Face Contempt Charge

Published February 13, 2012 4:54AM (EST)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister has arrived at the Supreme Court for a hearing in which judges say he will be charged with contempt.

Helicopters buzzed over the capital and roads were blocked to traffic Monday as Yousuf Raza Gilani drove himself and his lawyer to the court.

Judges are set to charge Gilani with contempt for defying their orders to reopen an old corruption case against his political ally, President Asif Ali Zardari.

The case is fueling political tensions in the country, which is battling Islamist violence and dire economic straits.

If convicted, Gilani faces imprisonment and would likely lose his job.

By Salon Staff

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