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BB Murder Case: Siegel to be cross-examined in November

RAWALPINDI: The foreign ministry submitted a report to the anti-terrorism court Rawalpindi in the hearing of Benazir Bhutto murder case on Monday, ARY News reported.

The foreign ministry in its report informed the court that American journalist Mark Seigel will be available for cross-examination on his statement over video link in the first week of November.

The court also issued arrest warrants of prosecution witness and ex-SSP Tahir Ayub after he failed to appear in the court hearing.

The court has also sent a letter to police department to inform the court about the period of the police officer.

The court later adjourned the hearing of Benazir Bhutto murder case till October 14.

Siegel in his testimony in the murder case through a video link said that former president Pervez Musharraf was against return of Benazir Bhutto before the general election of 2008, adding that Bhutto had told him through an email the former military ruler would be responsible if she was assassinated.

Mark Siegel, a prosecution witness said the former prime minister told him she was threatened with death if she decided to return to Pakistan.

Siegel recalled that Benazir and he were scheduled to meet US Senator Tom Lantos. “Benazir Bhutto’s cell phone rang during the meeting with the Senator, whom I asked to grant her privacy to take the call,” Siegel said.

When returned to the meeting after a while BB was terribly anxious and told me that it was a ‘bad call’ from Pervez Musharraf, the US journalist said.

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