Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
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Pakistan PM Gilani 'defiant but respectful' in court

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has appeared before the supreme court in Islamabad to defend himself against allegations of contempt.

The court initiated the hearing over Mr Gilani's refusal to ask Swiss officials to reopen a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari.

If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to six months and banned from holding public office.

Owen Bennett-Jones, who was in court in Islamabad, says Mr Gilani told the court he had the highest regard for them but could not comply with their wishes regarding President Zardari.

  • 19 Jan 2012
  • From the section Asia
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