ISLAMABAD   -    The author of the second letter to the Swiss authorities asking for not opening the graft cases against the NRO beneficiaries, including President Asif Ali Zardari, has said there was “no illegality in it”.Former Law Secretary Justice (r) Yasmin Abbasi has confirmed to The Nation about writing a second letter to the Swiss authorities that sought cancellation of the request made in a previous letter, written at the order of the Supreme Court, to open the money laundering cases. Reluctant to speak further on the issue, the ex-law secretary said she would explain her position in the Supreme Court.Last week a contempt application was filed for writing second letter to the Swiss authorities against her, former Law Minister Farooq H Niak, President Asif Ali Zardari, former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would hear the non-implementation of NRO case on July 11.Attorney General for Pakistan Munir A Malik during the hearing of the case on June 26 had disclosed that after a November 5, 2012 letter, written in consultation with the SC and requesting withdrawal of the letter written by former Attorney General Abdul Qayyum Malik for closing of the graft cases, Justice (r) Yasmin Abbasi had written another letter on Nov 22 addressing Dr Nicholas Jaanding advocate their lawyer in Geneva.Through that second letter the PPP government told the Swiss authorities: “The requests for mutual legal assistance made earlier in 1997 were illegal and have no legal effect and are hereby withdrawn by the government of Pakistan and may be treated as never have been written.” In the letter, written without informing the SC, the government urged the Swiss authorities that the order of the closing of the case by the former AG Abdul Qayyum on May 25, 2008 had attained finality and under Swiss law the cases cannot be reopened.According to Spokesperson for the President Senator Farhat Ullah Babar, nothing has been proven against President Asif Ali Zardari and the hype about reopening the Swiss cases is nothing but political vendetta. “It is the same case in which the court acquitted the principal accused RA Siddique in 2011 and that judgment has attained finality and no appeal has been filed in the court as President Zardari has the protection shield of Article 248 of the constitution,” he had told The Nation last month. “This is the case in which the apex court has overturned the judgment of LHC and two judges – Malik Qayyum and Justice (r) Aziz – had to resign from their service,” he added. He said the apex court termed the judgment as floating on the surface of record.