UN delays Bhutto assassination report at Zardari's behest

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 30, 2010 21:09

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday accepted a request from Pakistan's president to delay the release of a report on the assassination of his wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, until April 15.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky made the announcement 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.

"The secretary-general has accepted an urgent request from the president of Pakistan to delay the report ... until April 15," he said. "The intention is the report will not be seen by the Pakistani government until April 15."

Nesirky said he did not know why Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari made the request, which was received at the UN overnight. "The secretary-general would not have accepted the request if he did not think there were good reasons to do so," Nesirky said.


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