Pakistani police officers challenged their conviction in Benazir Bhutto case

Vastavam web: The two former senior Pakistani police officers convicted in Benazir Bhutto assassination case and sentenced to 17 years in prison today challenged their conviction in a higher court, saying they have been made “scapegoats”.An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi last week convicted additional inspector general Saud Aziz and Senior Superintendent of police Khurram Shehzad for negligence and security lapses and sentenced them to 17 years in prison.The two have challenged the judgement in the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court, a court official said.
The officers asked the court to overturn the verdict, saying the decision was full of contradictions as the court set free the five prime suspects who were kept in jail since 2008 when they were arrested.Their lawyers said the officers who were providing security services have been made “scapegoats”, Dawn news reported.They said the prosecution did not have any solid evidence against the accused.It, however, declared former dictator Pervez Musharraf a fugitive and ordered authorities to seize his properties.