(Image source: The Daily Mail)

 

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN



Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is found guilty of contempt of court after refusing to obey a court order to re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

The Guardian shows Gilani leaving the court in Islamabad after his sentence was handed down. Instead of being jailed for six months as the law suggests, Gilani was only imprisoned until the court adjourned.

Crtics think Gilani got off easy. The BBC reports the Prime Minister avoided the harshest penalty.

“In spite of that guilty verdict, which, i have to say, looked very likely, for some time, I think the governor was still viewing this of something of a victory, because, it would appear at least, that the prime minister gets to serve in office for another day.”

But the sentence triggers debate about Gilani’s future as the Prime Minister. Now technically a convict, there is a constitutional provision which doesn’t allow felons to hold public office in Pakistan. Al Jazeera reports:

“Under Pakistan’s constitution, a prime minister can be removed in three ways. He can resign, there can be a vote of no confidence, or, he can no longer be allowed to be a member of national assembly.”

Gilani’s lawyer told Voice of America there is no automatic or immediate disqualification from office.

Still, Gilani becomes the first Prime Minister to be convicted while in office. The New York Times described the minutes after the verdict was handed down.

“The polarization of the high-stakes court case was in evidence outside the courthouse after Thursday’s verdict. After Mr. Gilani departed in his Mercedes, some supporters said he had been victimized by a court that was quietly allied with the powerful military, which has traditionally had a tense relationship with the Pakistan Peoples Party.”

CBS News reports, if Gilani is ousted as the prime minister, President Zardari may have to schedule elections a lot earlier than next March, as currently scheduled.

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Apr 26, 2012

Pakistan Convicts Prime Minister in Historic Ruling

(Image source: The Daily Mail)

 

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN



Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is found guilty of contempt of court after refusing to obey a court order to re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

The Guardian shows Gilani leaving the court in Islamabad after his sentence was handed down. Instead of being jailed for six months as the law suggests, Gilani was only imprisoned until the court adjourned.

Crtics think Gilani got off easy. The BBC reports the Prime Minister avoided the harshest penalty.

“In spite of that guilty verdict, which, i have to say, looked very likely, for some time, I think the governor was still viewing this of something of a victory, because, it would appear at least, that the prime minister gets to serve in office for another day.”

But the sentence triggers debate about Gilani’s future as the Prime Minister. Now technically a convict, there is a constitutional provision which doesn’t allow felons to hold public office in Pakistan. Al Jazeera reports:

“Under Pakistan’s constitution, a prime minister can be removed in three ways. He can resign, there can be a vote of no confidence, or, he can no longer be allowed to be a member of national assembly.”

Gilani’s lawyer told Voice of America there is no automatic or immediate disqualification from office.

Still, Gilani becomes the first Prime Minister to be convicted while in office. The New York Times described the minutes after the verdict was handed down.

“The polarization of the high-stakes court case was in evidence outside the courthouse after Thursday’s verdict. After Mr. Gilani departed in his Mercedes, some supporters said he had been victimized by a court that was quietly allied with the powerful military, which has traditionally had a tense relationship with the Pakistan Peoples Party.”

CBS News reports, if Gilani is ousted as the prime minister, President Zardari may have to schedule elections a lot earlier than next March, as currently scheduled.

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