Mansoor Ijaz’s lawyer, Akram Sheikh has filed a request to the Supreme Court of Pakistan asking that his client’s statement be recorded in another country, Express News reported on Saturday.
Ijaz, one of the central characters in the Memogate scandal, has been summoned by the parliamentary and judicial commissions investigating the case, and has twice refused to come to Pakistan despite assurances of proper security.
In the request, Sheikh says that Ijaz has a security threat if he comes to Pakistan and there is also the danger that he might be arrested on false charges or evidence might be taken away from him.
The judicial commission probing the scandal has also submitted a request to the court and has asked that it be given an extension to finish the investigation.
The commission has given Ijaz one last chance to present his version of events in person and in Pakistan, inviting him to appear on February 9. It categorically refused Ijaz’s application that he record his testimony at a location of his choice.