Published On: Thu, May 18th, 2017

Treason case: Prosecution argues Musharraf no longer has right to dictate terms to a court

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ISLAMABAD: A prosecutor representing the federal government against former president Pervez Musharraf in a treason case on Wednesday maintained that the accused could not set conditions for his appearance before a court of law.

The government’s lawyer, Akram Shiekh, submitted a written response before a special court formed to try Musharraf for the treason case.

During the last hearing of the case, Musharraf’s lawyer, Akhtar Shah, had told the court that the government needs to ensure adequate security for Musharraf before the former president can return to the country.

In turn, the three-judge special court bench, headed by Justice Yahya Afridi, had asked Sheikh to respond to the defendant’s request.

In its response, the prosecution argued that because Musharraf had been declared an “absconder”, he should be “legally barred from making any applications or submissions” to the court. It further asserted that Musharraf “cannot dictate his prerequisites to the court and give conditions … as to when he will appear and for how long.”–Agencies


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