ISLAMABAD Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Naveed Ahsan on Monday informed the Supreme Court (SC) that Rs 2 billion were spent on the prosecution of cases against former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and her spouse Asif Ali Zardari in the Swiss courts. These cases were instituted against the former first couple mainly during Mian Nawaz Sharifs second government while some of the cases were framed against them during the interim government under Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari. Chairman NAB further explained before the 17-member full bench of the Supreme Court during the hearing of the petition challenging the validity of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) and the status of the foreign cases withdrawn under the ordinance against the couple in the Swiss courts. Giving breakup of Rs2 billion spent on these cases Chairman NAB informed the court that some Rs188.347 million were given in the head of fees to the Swiss lawyers while some Rs4.1 million were spent on the officials visit to Switzerland in connection with the trial of these cases. He further said that amount was spent after the establishment of the body (NAB) in 1999 till date. He, however, expressed ignorance about the money spent on these cases before that period as according to him there was no record of that money with the Ehtesab Bureau which was taking care of these cases before the NAB took over. Naveed Ahsan, however, failed to satisfy the court with regard to the amount frozen by Swiss magistrate in connection with these cases including the $60 million, and sought more time from the court to come up with complete record in this connection. But the court directed him to bring all the relevant record on Tuesday (today). Chairman NAB submitted a three-page report carrying the chronology of the cases filed against the former Premier Benazir Bhutto and her spouse with Swiss courts. According to details, these cases were initiated against Benazir Bhutto and her spouse Asif Ali Zardari on October 3, 1997 by the Swiss government on the request of then government led by Mian Nawaz Sharif.