Thursday 26 April 2012. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has arrived at the Supreme Court to hear its verdict in a contempt of court case.
The three-month trial ended on Tuesday when defence and prosecution counsels concluded their arguments.
Mr Gilani denies he is in contempt for failing to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
The prime minister faces up to six months in jail and could be barred from office if convicted.
Mr Gilani argues that the president, who rejects the corruption charges, has immunity as head of state.
Arriving at the Supreme Court on Thursday morning, Mr Gilani was surrounded by media and his supporters, some of whom showered him with rose petals.
“We are satisfied with the input given by our lawyers and we are also satisfied with the input by the attorney general,” Mr Gilani told the cabinet in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Mr Gilani, who has appeared before the court twice this year, has previously said he would have to step down if he is found guilty.
The case is part of a stand-off between the government and the judiciary, which many believe is being backed by the military as it pursues the case against the civilian administration.
President Zardari is accused of using Swiss bank accounts to launder bribes. He has long said the charges are politically motivated.
The Supreme Court has said Mr Gilani defied a court order to write to the Swiss authorities and ask them to reopen the cases against Mr Zardari.
The defence counsel’s main argument was that the case in Switzerland had been closed by a Swiss judge “on merit” and there was no justification to apply for its revival.
The defence also argued that Mr Zardari has international immunity against criminal proceedings for as long as he is president. Mr Gilani’s team have argued that there is, therefore, no legal evidence to find the prime minister in contempt.
The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says it is very unlikely that the court will acquit Mr Gilani.
But other possible options open to the court include setting him a deadline to write to the Swiss authorities or face conviction for contempt, our correspondent says.
The prime minister would have the right to appeal if convicted.
His government’s battle with the Supreme Court began shortly after Mr Zardari took office in 2008.
In early 2009 the Supreme Court overturned an amnesty dating from the period of former President Pervez Musharraf which protected President Zardari and hundreds of other politicians from being prosecuted for corruption.