Friday, March 14, 2008

Pakistan: Mr. 10 Percent closer to run for office?

Benazir Bhutto's husband aka Mr. 10 Percent:

The co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Asif Ali Zardari, has had the last outstanding domestic corruption charge against him removed. That case related to importing a German-made luxury car without paying a duty.

Pakistani courts earlier this month had quashed six other graft cases against the prominent businessman. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, in a reconciliation deal last year, agreed that six other graft charges against her husband would be dismissed by the government.

The end of the court proceedings eliminates one of the legal issues that have thrreatened to block Zardari from holding government office and following in the footsteps of his assassinated wife and her father, who was ousted by a military coup and hanged.

During the Benazir Bhutto era, he earned the nickname of "Mr. Ten Percent" for allegedly taking kickbacks during an administration in the 1990's that nearly bankrupted the country.