ISLAMABAD: The Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi special judge Chahudhry Habibur Rehman permitted a four-day physical remand of former president Pervez Musharraf in reference to the Benazir Bhutto murder case to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Express News reported on Friday.
The team of investigators of FIA will interrogate Musharraf while he stays at his Chak Shahzad Farmhouse during the time period of the remand.
The retired general appeared in court in Rawalpindi for his remand hearing under tight security. He is accused of conspiracy to murder former prime minister Bhutto, who died in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007.
It is the second of three cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule for which Musharraf has been arrested since returning to Pakistan on March 24 after four years of self-imposed exile, promising to contest elections.
“We requested a three-day remand of retired general Pervez Musharraf and judge Chaudhry Habib-ur Rehman gave a three-day remand and adjourned the case until Monday,” prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told AFP.
Musharraf is being held at his plush villa on the edge of Islamabad where his party complained that he has been confined to two rooms and stripped of his personal staff.
The trial court on Thursday gave FIA permission to formally arrest the former president for interrogation turning down his request to alter the joint investigation team.
Musharraf is already serving a 14-day judicial remand in Judge’s detention case and has been asked to again appear in the ATC on April 30 for Benazir murder case.
He is also barred from running in next month’s general election on May 11 and has been threatened with death by the Taliban.