Special court to hear Musharraf treason case under criminal code

Decision grants court the authority to issue an arrest warrant against the accused.


Azam Khan/web Desk January 10, 2014
File photo of former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The special court on Friday announced that the high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf will be heard under the Code of Criminal Procedure, Express News reported.

The decision to try him under the penal code grants the court the authority to issue an arrest warrant against the accused.

The decision was made by a three-member bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab on January 8 and Arab read out a part of the verdict today.

The senior counsel on Musharraf’s legal team, Anwar Mansoor, submitted a written objection asking the court to suspend yesterday's order which states that Musharraf must appear before the court on January 16. The court dismissed the request later in the day.

The court said Musharraf’s request for exemption will be granted if he makes the plea in person.

The former president faces treason charges under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts.

The 70-year-old had fallen ill and taken to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on January 2 as he was being transported under heavy guard to the court.

The court had exempted Musharraf from appearing before it in person because of his ill health but after viewing his medical records, it stated in a court order that the accused did not suffer a heart attack nor is his health suffering to such an extent that he is unable to appear before court.

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shahid bangalore | 7 years ago | Reply

@ Wingo Sir I am as Pakistani as you are and proud to love Pakistan more than you do. We need to come out of this hecknied blaming others to be Indian. I strongly believe that there is nothing wrong to be Indian and condemn what Musharraf's lawyer said to a journalist. While the enemies of 19th & early 20th century have made strong friendship ties with their neighbors in the form of regional blocks for economic well being eg, EU, ASEAN etc there have been vested interests always trying to push Pakistan into hostility with India and wastage of precious economic resources meant for education, health, employment etc into unnecessary defense expenditures. Because they have their "cut" in the huge military spending. Regards, Shahid Kanchwalla Bangalore Town, Karachi, Pakistan.

Wingo | 7 years ago | Reply @shahid bangalore: Mr. shahid .... im sorry ...r u indian....my dear jus analyse da election campaign of Pakistan PML- N ...Mr. shareef is declaring publically that he want to inquire da kargil issue and he will be extending co-operation to india for trade, peace n bla n bla even if narinder modi will cum in power who is famous for his anti- muslim and anti - pak sentiments and actions.....babri masjid is an example... BUT jus u point out one single election campaign by India proclaming da co operation to Pakistan..... always proclaim "CRUSH PAKISTAN" ....now in this situation pak army has no other option except intervention cz only our pak leader r jus gonna die for indian frndship and indian political parties has prier manifesto to crush Pak...
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