Bhutto, the first female prime minister of a Muslim country, was killed in an attack nearly a decade ago.
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A Pakistani court Thursday branded ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's murder trial, but acquitted five men accused of involvement in the 2007 assassination.The verdicts are the first to be issued since Bhutto, the first female prime minister of a Muslim country, was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack nearly a decade ago, sparking street violence and plunging Pakistan into months of political turmoil.The judge also acquitted five men who had been accused of being Taliban militants involved in the conspiracy to kill Bhutto on Dec. 27, 2007 .Bhutto was assassinated shortly after leaving an election rally, where she spoke of threats to her life.In 2010, the U.N. report accused Musharraf's government of failing to give Bhutto adequate protection and said that her death could have been prevented.
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