RAWALPINDI - Mark Siegel, a key prosecution witness in Benazir Bhutto murder case, will be available for cross-examination in the first week of November, the Foreign Office informed court on Monday.
Anti-terrorism court (ATC) Judge Roy Ayub Marth was hearing the Benazir Bhutto Murder case. The court was informed that arrangements for cross-examination of American lobbyist Mark Siegel will be made at the office of Rawalpindi Commissioner. The court declared SSP Tahir Ayub, who was member of the joint investigation team, as absconder due to his continuous absence despite issuance of multiple summon-notices. The court has also summoned inspector Kashif for cross-examination on October 14.
54-year-old Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack outside Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, after she addressed an election campaign rally.
In his testimony through a video conference from the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on October 3, Seigel told the court that former president Pervez Musharraf threatened ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto weeks before she was assassinated in Rawalpindi. “Your security is dependent on the relationship between us,” Musharraf told Benazir on 25 December 2007, according to Siegel.
He claimed he was present with Benazir Bhutto during the 15-minute long telephone call at the office of US Senator Tom Lantos. Musharraf denied all the allegations.