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DATE=5/13/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249311 TITLE=PAK / BHUTTO (L) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTAN'S SUPREME COURT SAYS FORMER PRIME MINISTER AND OPPOSITION LEADER BENAZIR BHUTTO CANNOT CHALLENGE HER CONVICTION ON CORRUPTION CHARGES UNTIL SHE RETURNS TO PAKISTAN. AS CORRESPONDENT SCOTT ANGER REPORTS, MS. BHUTTO REMAINS OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND COULD FACE ARREST IF SHE RETURNS. TEXT: A SENIOR OFFICIAL WITH PAKISTAN'S SUPREME COURT SAYS MS. BHUTTO MUST RETURN TO PAKISTAN BEFORE SHE WILL BE ALLOWED TO APPEAL HER CONVICTION, WHICH WAS HANDED DOWN BY A LOWER COURT. BUT FARHATULLAH BABAR, SPOKESMAN FOR MS. BHUTTO'S "PAKISTAN PEOPLES PARTY", SAYS SHE HAS NO IMMEDIATE PLANS TO RETURN FROM THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES CITY, DUBAI. /// BABER ACT /// SHE SHOULD NOT COME BACK UNTIL THE PARTY GIVES HER THE GREEN SIGNAL. BUT RIGHT NOW, NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE AS TO WHEN TO COME BACK. /// END ACT /// LAST MONTH, A SPECIAL ACCOUNTABILITY BENCH OF THE LAHORE HIGH COURT CONVICTED THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER AND HER HUSBAND, SENATOR ASIF ZARDARI, ON CHARGES OF TAKING KICKBACKS FROM A SWISS FIRM WHILE IN OFFICE. THE TWO HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO FIVE-YEARS IN JAIL AND HAVE BEEN FINED EIGHT-POINT-SIX MILLION-DOLLARS. THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN DISQUALIFIED FROM HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE. THE COUPLE DENIES THE CHARGES, SAYING THEY HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF -- WHO THEY ACCUSE OF TRYING TO ELIMINATE THE OPPOSITION PARTY MS. BHUTTO HEADS. A CHARGE THE GOVERNMENT REJECTS. LAWYERS FOR MS. BHUTTO SAY THEY HAVE 30-DAYS TO RE-SUBMIT AN APPEAL -- THIS TIME DIRECTLY TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT. MEANWHILE, THE SUPREME COURT HAS AGREED TO HEAR HER HUSBAND'S CASE SATURDAY. MR. ZARDARI HAS BEEN IN JAIL SINCE THE DISMISSAL OF HIS WIFE'S GOVERNMENT ON CHARGES OF CORRUPTION AND MISRULE, IN 1996. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/RAE 13-May-99 8:35 AM EDT (1235 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .