Gilani questions dismissal in wake of Swiss decision not to reopen Zardari graft cases
Islamabad, Feb. 11 : Former Pakistan premier Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the decision of Swiss authorities not to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari has confirmed his position that the president has immunity within and outside the country.
Gilani said in an interview with BBC Urdu, that he took a principled stance on the issue and hence, refrained from writing the letter. He added that he was given punishment as an individual, reports The Dawn.
The Supreme Court had dismissed Gilani as premier on June 19, 2012, after convicting him of contempt in April for refusing to reopen the multi-million-dollar graft case against Zardari.
Incumbent Ashraf was elected premier after Gilani's dismissal.
The allegations against Zardari date back to the 1990s, when he and his late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto were suspected of using Swiss bank accounts to launder 12 million dollars allegedly paid in bribes by companies seeking customs inspection contracts.
The Swiss shelved the case in 2008 when Zardari became president and the government had been insisting that the president has full immunity. But in 2009 the apex court overturned the NRO ordering that the cases be reopened.