The Supreme Court convicted Pakistan s prime minister of contempt on Thursday for refusing to reopen an old corruption case against the country s president, but spared him a prison term in a case that has stoked political tensions in the country.
The ruling against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani appeared to be a compromise, but could still mean problems for him because he has been convicted in a court. That means he could face dismissal from office in the weeks, or more likely, months to come.
His lawyer said he would appeal the verdict, further delaying any action that could see Gilani lose his job.
Elections are scheduled for later this year or early next, meaning it is quite possible the government could see out its term with Gilani still in charge.
Gilani smiled when the verdict was read out in a packed court house.