Anti-terror court acquits five others of aiding attacker in 2007 assassination, but declares Pervez Musharraf an absconder

One of the most controversial trials in Pakistani history has ended, with former military dictator Pervez Musharraf declared a fugitive and his property ordered confiscated after he failed to show in court over the assassination 10 years ago of Benazir Bhutto.

Two high-ranking police officials were sentenced on Thursday to 17 years in prison but the verdict, while bringing some closure to a process many had thought would never conclude, stops short of sentencing anyone for the murder. The police officials were found guilty only of negligence and mistreatment of evidence.

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