New Scotland Yard detectives join Bhutto's murder probe in Pak

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Islamabad, Jan 14 (UNI) Three new experts from the Scotland Yard have arrived in Pakistan to join the ongoing investigations in the death of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, as well as to expose the elements behind her assassination.

The new Scotland Yard experts, who joined the team in Rawalpindi are said to be specialists of photography. These experts were busy taking snaps of the crime scene yesterday, local media reports said today.

The Rawalpindi Police accompanied the experts in taking 3-D (three dimensional) pictures/images and probing different nooks and corners afresh.

After a detailed inspection of the crime scene the team visited the Rawalpindi General Hospital (RGH), where Bhutto was taken after the blast, and inspected the 'Operation Theatre' the 'Emergency Ward' and the room where she was kept after being pronounced dead by the doctors.

They also met the doctors who attended Bhutto after she was brought to the hospital and discussed various details mentioned in the medical reports and the X-rays of the slain PPP chairperson that were taken on December 27, 2007.

The local police sources said the joint team of Pakistan Police and Scotland Yard experts were still 'entangled in the crime scene' and unable to grab any lead helping them to make any progress.

They have not started interviewing the witnesses as yet as well as contacting the leadership of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), especially those who were accompanying Ms Benazir Bhutto at the time of the incident.

The Rawalpindi police sources said the Scotland Yard experts were reviewing each and every bit and piece of evidence that they were able to lay their hands upon and were in constant consultations with their local counterparts.

''They are reviewing the bulk of video footage of the incident collected from various sources, at times going 'frame-by-frame'.

They are scanning all sorts of evidence collected by the local investigators (Rawalpindi police) immediately after the incident as well as what they are able to get hold of by themselves.

Still they seemed to be far from reaching any conclusions,'' the Rawalpindi police sources accompanying the Scotland Yard experts yesterday told The News.

Scotland Yard team members also arranged a demonstration of the vehicle at their own to assess the actual situation under which Bhutto was attacked.

The team also worked out to assess the distance between the vehicle and the attackers.

It also visited District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) where, in the mortuary, they examined the parts of an unidentified body, the victim of bomb blast and made a video footage.


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