23 Jan '12, 9am

Key witness won't visit Pakistan to testify in memo scandal

Key witness won't visit Pakistan to testify in memo scandal

ISLAMABAD: A star witness asked to appear by Pakistani judges investigating a major scandal implicating the government wants to record his statement abroad rather than visit Pakistan, his lawyer said Monday. American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has implicated President Asif Ali Zardari in a secret memo seeking US help to curb the power of the military, allegedly fearing an army coup after Osama bin Laden was killed in May. But his Pakistani lawyer Akram Sheikh on Monday told reporters that his client was reluctant to visit the nuclear-armed country, fearing that he would be detained indefinitely. "It seems like a well-orchestrated trap to hold Mr Ijaz indefinitely in Pakistan after his deposition before the commission," Sheikh said. "Therefore Mr Ijaz has decided to make a request to the commission to record his testimony in London or Zurich," Sheikh told reporters. "Mr Ijaz ...

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