A special Pakistani court has acquitted five suspected Taliban members of conspiracy to murder former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007,BBC reports.
The judges cited lack of evidence against them, but it jailed two others, who were policemen, for negligence in failing to prevent the killing. The court also declared ex-President Pervez Musharraf, who has been charged in the case, a fugitive from justice.
Ms Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after an election rally. Gen Musharraf has lived in self-imposed exile since last year, and faces having his property confiscated. He has not commented on the verdict and has denied having any role in the killing.
His government blamed the assassination on Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who denied any involvement. He was killed in a US drone attack in 2009. Ms Bhutto, who was killed in December 2007, was a dominant figure in Pakistani politics and served twice as the country’s prime minister.
A 2010 UN report said her death could have been prevented and that Mr Musharraf’s government failed to provide enough protection – at the time his aides dismissed the report as a “pack of lies”.