The Times of London reports today:
British officials have revealed that evidence amassed by Scotland Yard detectives points towards Al-Qaeda militants being responsible for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.Further on in the story the Times reports:
Five experts in video evidence and forensic science have been in Pakistan for 10 days since President Pervez Musharraf took up an offer from Gordon Brown for British help in the investigation of the December 27 killing. Last week they were joined by three specialists in explosives.
Bhutto’s murder as she left a rally she had been addressing in Rawalpindi sparked an international outcry. Her body was flown home to be buried with no postmortem examination. Companions insist the cause of death - a bullet wound in her neck - was obvious.
Claims by the government that she had fractured her skull on the sunroof of her car while escaping the blast from a suicide bomb prompted fury from party supporters who insisted she had been shot before the explosion.
When footage of the incident clearly revealed a man waving a pistol in the crowd, the government was accused of a cover-up.
“There was no cover-up,” [a government minister] insisted. “It was just unfortunate that in all the shock and confusion at the beginning, people shot their mouths off talking about sunroofs rather than simply saying it would be investigated.”I’ll bet a lot of you are asking why the crime scene and Bhutto’s vehicle were scrubbed within hours? Who gave the orders for that?
Scotland Yard has insisted that its task is not to establish who killed her but only how she died.
Even that is not straightforward. They cannot examine the body, and the crime scene and Bhutto’s vehicle were both scrubbed within hours.
Every day another conspiracy theory emerges. […]
The Times of London story doesn’t say and it doesn't raise the questions.
In a case like Bhutto’s assassination, it’s usual practice to cordon off the area and spend days looking for evidence, undertaking forensic testing, and the like.
Why didn't that happen?
If you’ve seen published answers to that and the other questions I’ve asked, please give me a heads up.
I’m also emailing the Times and will let you know what I hear back.
Meanwhile, is it any wonder “[e]very day another conspiracy theory emerges?”
The entire Times of London story is here.