Posted by M Zafar Iqbal
The Muslim Times’ Editor for Pakistan
Credit: Xpress Tribune
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan convicted Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday during the announcement of a verdict in the contempt proceedings against him and sentenced him till the rising of court, Express News reported.
The bench found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president, but gave him only a symbolic sentence of a few minutes’ detention in the courtroom, while he did not receive any jail term.
“For reasons to be recorded later, the prime minister is found guilty of contempt for wilfully flouting the direction of the Supreme Court,” said Justice Nasirul Mulk.
A seven-member bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk announced the verdict and convicted him for violating Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 section 5 and the charges framed against him were for willfully disobeying the court’s orders and ridiculing it.
The court cited article 63 (1) (g) of the Constitution and observed that the premier might face consequences under it.
The judicial bench exited the courtroom as soon as the verdict was announced.
The Article 63 (1) (g) of the Constitution says:
63. Disqualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament).
(1) A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if:- More