Oxford in court for providing financial favour to Bilawal Bhutto

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London, Nov 24 (UNI) The Oxford Union president is facing a reprimand after providing financial favour to Bilawal Bhutto, the undergraduate son of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Joshua Roche allowed Bilawal Bhutto and other friends to hold a party in Union rooms free of charge, a disciplinary committee of the debating society has heard.

The tribunal found that ''the defendant abused his office by virtue of his allowing members to host parties in the Society's buildings without paying for room hire.'' In normal practice, students must pay a 900 pounds hire charge, reduced to 450 pounds for members.

The committee is yet to decide how Roche, 21, will be punished, but he is expected to be fined. The maximum penalty for breaches of rules is said to be 500 pounds.

Bilawal Bhutto, whose mother Benazir was assassinated in Pakistan last year, received the free use of a room on October 18, when he held a joint 20th birthday party with a student named Maria Paz Mendez Hodes.

Saving 450 pounds on the cost of the room, Mr Bhutto who attends Christ Church, the same college as Mr Roche, and Ms Hodes were said to have spent 700 pounds on drinks for 150 guests and 300 pounds on security.


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