No UN Hariri-style probe of Bhutto assassination: Musharraf

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ruled out the possibility of a United Nations investigation into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] in an interview with a French newspaper published Friday. He told Le Figaro that an investigation will be conducted internally with the help of British police from Scotland Yard [official website]. Musharraf's statement came in the face of repeated calls [JURIST report] from Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile] and her son Bilawal Zardari [BBC profile] for the UN to conduct an inquiry similar to the ongoing investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Musharraf blamed Al Qaeda for the Bhutto assassination and said a UN investigation was not necessary since there is no suggestion that a outside country has been involved.

Bhutto was assassinated [JURIST report] December 27 at a political rally in Rawalpindi. AFP has more.

 

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