UN delays BB assassination report

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted a request from President Asif Ali Zardari to delay the release of a report on the assassination of his wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, until April 15, international media reported.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky made the announcement Tuesday just two hours before a three-member UN commission that investigated Bhutto’s death was scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss the report’s findings.

UN Secretary General was due Tuesday to share with the Pakistani government the findings of an independent commission which has completed its examination of facts and circumstances behind the December 2007 assassination of former prime minister.

The Secretary General was to present the report to Pakistani Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon. The Commission of Inquiry began its work in July 2009 and undertook visits to Pakistan.

The three-member Commission was headed by Chilean Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz and also comprises Marzuki Darusman, the former attorney-general of Indonesia, and Peter Fitzgerald, a veteran of the Irish National Police who has also served the UN in a number of capacities.

The commission was set up following a request from the Government of Pakistan and originally its term was to have ended on December 31, 2009 but was extended to March 31, 2010.

According to the UN, Ban would also submit the findings to the Security Council for information.

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