Swiss won’t reopen Zardari case

AFP-JIJI

Swiss prosecutors said Friday that they have refused to reopen a probe into alleged corruption in the 1990s by current Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and his late wife, Benazir Bhutto.

Prosecutors in Geneva said the decision was taken on Feb. 4, and that they had only opted to make it public as a result of street protests in Pakistan. They declined to comment in detail, but the Swiss news portal 20minutes.ch published photographs of anti-Zardari protesters burning the Swiss flag at a rally in Pakistan.

They were alleged to have siphoned $12 million in state cash in the 1990s, when he was a government minister and she was prime minister.