Pervez Musharraf loses defence right in high treason case


High, treason, case, Pervez Musharraf, pleas, acquittal, delay, rejected
12 Jun, 2019 1:57 pm

RAWALPINDI (92 News) – A special court rejected former president Pervez Musharraf’s pleas for his acquittal and a delay in the high treason case on Wednesday.

Announcing the reserved verdict on Wednesday, the court withdrew the right of Pervez Musharraf to defence in court.

The court ruled that trial could not be postponed due to illness of an accused. It remarked that they cannot give more opportunity to Musharraf on the order of the Supreme Counrt.

The court ruled that trial could not be postponed due to illness of an accused. It remarked that they cannot give more opportunity to Musharraf on the order of the Supreme Court.

The court remarked that Musharraf could the lawyer of his choice if he surrenders to the law.

His counsel informed the court that his client is fighting a battle for life. “He is mentally and physically unfit to return the country,” he said.

He appealed to court to give one more opportunity to Pervez Musharraf.

The case has been adjourned till June 27.

The court remarked that Musharraf could the lawyer of his choice if he surrenders to the law.

His counsel informed the court that his client is fighting a battle for life. “He is mentally and physically unfit to return the country,” he said.

He appealed to court to give one more opportunity to Pervez Musharraf.

The case has been adjourned till June 27.

On May 19, the three-judge special court, led by Justice Tahira Safdar and comprising Justice Nazar Akbar and Justice Shahid Karim, had also accepted Musharraf’s application to postpone hearing till after Ramazan for recording his statement under Section 342 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

The former army chief, who took power in 1999, is facing a treason trial under Article 6 of the Constitution as well as Section 2 of the High Treason Act on a complaint moved by the federal government.

The trial court, in line with the Supreme Court’s (SC) directive, was scheduled to record Musharraf’s statement to complete the trial but he could not appear before the court due to medical reasons.



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