Sunday, June 21, 2009
On Friday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon formally announced the appointment of a independent commission charged with investigating the 2007 assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The Commission was created in response to a request for an inquiry from Pakistan. The Commission will be led by Heraldo Munoz, Ambassador to the UN from Chile, and will include Peter Fitzgerald (a veteran of the Irish national police) and Maruki Darusman (former Attorney General of Indonesia). UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon stressed that the Commission's mission is to conduct fact finding and that the duty of assigning criminal responsibility remains with Pakistan. The Commission will officially begin work on July 1 and has six months in which to complete its report.