ISLAMABAD: A trial court on Monday granted former president Pervez Musharraf his request for bail in connection with the murder of a cleric from the Lal Masjid, Express News reported.
The court set Musharraf’s bail at two surety bonds of 0.1 million rupees each, after considering new video evidence presented before the court today.
“The court has granted him bail,” Afshan Adil, a member of Musharraf’s legal team, told reporters. “Musharraf will not leave the country and will face all the cases.”
She also said that the money would be paid on November 5.
Musharraf is still on the Exit Control List but he can freely move within the country.
Musharraf was arrested on October 10 on the order of Islamabad High Court (IHC) over the alleged murder of the deputy cleric of Lal Masjid, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi and his mother during a military operation in 2007. The ex-president had filed an application before the Additional District and Sessions Court and sought bail in this case.
During the course of hearing on October 30, attorneys from both the sides completed their arguments and judgment had been reserved till November 1. The hearing had further been delayed to November 4 to allow the prosecution more time to collect evidence.
General Musharraf’s counsel, Ilyas Siddiqui, had maintained that his client was wrongly implicated in the case as the First Information Report (FIR) was based on mala fide intentions.
Advocate Tariq Asad, representing the prosecution, termed the court’s decision unlawful, adding that they fully intend to challenge this decision.