Pakistan PM's Contempt of Court conviction

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  1. thakur_ritesh

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    Today is going to be a politically charged day in Pakistan. Pakistan Prime Minister YR Gilani is most likely to be convicted for contempt of court charges.

    Use the thread for detailed coverage and analysis.


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    If convicted, Gilani will be first PM punished for contemp


    - Sabir Shah
    Thursday, April 26, 2012


    LAHORE: If convicted, consequently imprisoned or fined on Thursday (today) for defying the Supreme Court orders regarding reopening of an old corruption case against President Asif Zardari, the 59-year old sitting Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani will be making history, as he will then be the first head of government around the world ever to be formally punished for insulting the arbiters on bench.

    However, the ruling Pakistan People’s Party might still have a few cards up its sleeve, like bringing the Speaker National Assembly into play and then make the Election Commission delay the proceedings regarding disqualification of the troubled Gilani from the Lower House of Parliament and keep him afloat, irrespective of the punishment he receives from the apex court.

    The whole of government may also opt to point guns at the Supreme Court, and who knows, President Asif Zardari might grant reprieve to his trusted lieutenant in dire-straits, the way he had done in May 2010 when he had gone on to exercise his Presidential/Executive prerogative to pardon the sitting Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

    If Supreme Court holds the incumbent premier culpable for contempt of court, he can be convicted that may lead to Gilani’s disqualification as member of the National Assembly for at least five years.

    As far as the category of defiant world rulers is concerned, former US President Bill Clinton was held in contempt of court by a lady federal judge for giving an “intentionally false” testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in the Paula Jones lawsuit in April 1999, marking the first time when a sitting president of the United States of America was ever sanctioned for disobeying a court order.

    Clinton had to pay $1202 to the presiding judge as a penalty and his law license was also eventually suspended for willfully disobeying the court orders.

    This amount of $1202 was equivalent to what Justice Webber Wright had incurred in travelling to Washington at Clinton’s request to oversee the deposition.

    (Reference: The Washington Post edition of April 13, 1999)

    As reported by this scribe on April 30, 2011 at least 22 prime ministers all over the world have been found guilty of committing various crimes, leading to their conviction by courts during the last nine decades or so.

    The list of 22 convicted prime ministers also includes three Pakistani heads of the government. According to in-depth research conducted by The News International in April 2011, nine of these 22 convicted prime ministers (including Pakistan’s Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) were awarded capital punishment. Of these nine executed prime ministers, four had hailed from Hungary alone.

    Bhutto’s daughter and another Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was convicted in 1999 for not appearing in court, though the Supreme Court later overturned that judgment. Benazir and her husband Asif Ali Zardari were sentenced to a five-year prison, fined $8.6 million and disqualified from Parliament for seven years by an Accountability Bench of the Lahore High Court, for allegedly taking kickbacks from a Swiss firm during Benazir’s second stint in power (1993-96). The Supreme Court overturned this decision though.

    In July 2002, Benazir was also convicted by Accountability Court in Rawalpindi in the ARY Gold reference. She was sentenced to three years in prison in absentia, along with confiscation of her immovable properties. In August 2003, a Swiss magistrate had found Benazir and her husband guilty of money laundering.

    Another former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for corruption in July 2000. He had also been fined 20 million rupees and barred from holding public office for 21 years. After he was deposed by General Pervez Musharraf on October 1999, Nawaz Sharif was tried for kidnapping, attempted murder, hijacking and terrorism. A military court convicted him and awarded him life sentence. On July 17, 2009 the Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned a hijacking conviction against Nawaz Sharif.
     
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  3. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    Yes ! Gilani became the first PM in the world to be convicted for contempt of the court !

    Pakistanis are really innovative ! :pound:

    Gilani convicted in contempt case, 'sentenced' for 30 seconds


    The Supreme Court has convicted Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt for refusing to reopen an old corruption case against the President Asis Ali Zardari.

    But the court said the sentence against Gilani would only stand until the judges left the chamber, which was about 30 seconds. That spared him a spell in prison...

    Full article :- Gilani convicted in contempt case, 'sentenced' for 30 seconds - Indian Express
     
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    What a circus..
     
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    Pak PM gone in 30 Seconds from court lollllllll
     
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    Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday found Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president, but gave him only a symbolic sentence of a few minutes' detention in the courtroom. The following are some key facts explaining the background of the case:

    * Gilani was summoned before the Supreme Court on January 19 for failing to take steps to re-open money-laundering proceedings against President Asif Ali Zardari. He was indicted for contempt of court on February 13.

    * The civilian-judicial confrontation stems from thousands of cases thrown out in 2007 under an amnesty ordered by former military president Pervez Musharraf, which paved the way for a return to civilian rule.

    * Zardari was the decree's most prominent beneficiary. He became the main target of the court when it voided the measure in 2009 and ordered the government to ask Swiss authorities to restart legal action against him.

    * The cases date back to the 1990s, when Zardari had multiple cases of corruption lodged against him, including accusations of money laundering using Swiss accounts. He says all the cases are false and politically motivated.

    * Gilani and his advisers have defied the court, citing the president's constitutional immunity as head of state. The prime minister appealed the court's decision to charge him with contempt, but that appeal was dismissed in February.

    FACTBOX-What was the case against Gilani about? - Hindustan Times
     
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    The case was politically motivated from the beginning.

    There was no case for contempt against him when the President has immunity under law. Just games by the deep state to keep the PPP govt. destabalised. Well finally it realised that punishing the PM means a backlash from PPP or mainly Sindhi and south Punjab supporters and to keep that under check - a 30s token imprisonment was announced.
     
  8. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The Chief Justice of Pakistan is a Nawaz Sharif man!

    A dirty little Mohajir desperately trying to prove he is a Pakistani Punjabi.

    I think his father was a Policiya! And we know how the Police are the most corrupt of the lot and great sycophants and survivors! Genetic overflow in this CJ.

    These Mohajirs have a chip on their shoulder since the Punjabi Pakistanis feel that they are traitors!

    Parvez the Musharraf had the same problem and so he shifted from Karachi to Rawalpindi!
     
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  9. Yusuf

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    if there is a conviction, then doesnt it become morally obliging for the PM to resign?
     
  10. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    double post :doh:
     
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  11. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    One thing is sure Zardari is corrupt and Gilani was trying to defend him!

    Now Gilani should resign on moral grounds !
     
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    Pakistani minister do not resign. They are either hanged, shot by terrorist or runaway to the UK.
     
  13. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    No.

    During Musharraf's time, Zardari and others got legal immunity.

    Change that, Mr CJ.

    You can't.

    It is for the Parliament to change, you rat!
     

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