Pakistan court rejects PM's plea in contempt case


ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's top court has rejected an appeal by the prime minister against a contempt of court charge.

The Supreme Court says it will charge Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani unless he obeys its order to reopen a corruption case against the country's president.

Gilani has refused, arguing that President Asif Ali Zardari has immunity from prosecution while in office.

Last week, the court ruled that Gilani would be charged on Monday. His lawyer appealed the decision but Chief Justice Iftikar Mohammad Chaudry rejected the petition on Friday.

Gilani could be sentenced to prison for six months and lose his job if found guilty of contempt.