Pakistan PM convicted of contempt, receives no jail time

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Posted: Apr 26, 2012 12:53 AM
Pakistan PM convicted of contempt, receives no jail time

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday found Prime Minister Yusuf Raza 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.

"For reasons to be recorded later, the prime minister is found guilty of contempt for willfully flouting the direction of the Supreme Court," said Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk.

(Reporting by Qasim Nauman; Writing by Chris Allbritton; Editing by John Chalmers)