Mark Siegel to record his statement in Benazir murder case on Thursday


RAWALPINDI: Mark Siegel, a key prosecution witness in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, will record his statement in the Rawalpindi Commissioner Office through a video link from Washington.


As per details, the statement will be recorded in presence of a judicial officer at Pakistan’s embassy in Washington.

Seigel, a Washington lobbyist and a friend of late prime minister Benazir Bhutto, earlier cited security reasons for his refusal to appear in person to record a statement against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir assassination case.

He had claimed that Musharraf made a threatening phone call to Benazir Bhutto before she returned to Pakistan in October 2007.

Two months later, 54-year-old Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack outside Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, after she addressed an election campaign rally.

In August 2013, Musharraf was indicted in the case. He was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy for murder and facilitation for murder.

Musharraf denied all the charges and blamed Baitullah Mehsud, the then leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban.