Court directs FIA to present Musharraf in within 30 days

Latest Update: May 11, 2016 | 225 Views

ISLAMABAD: A special court in Islamabad has declared former military ruler Pervez Musharraf an ‘absconder’ and ordered the authorities to present him within 30 days.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Mazhar Alam heard the treason case against Musharraf today (Wednesday).

During the case proceeding, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) informed court that officials went to houses of the accused in Islamabad and Karachi but they were told that he has gone abroad.

On this, the court declared Musharraf an ‘absconder’ and directed the authorities to place posters outside his residence and court premises.

FIA has also been directed to present him within 30 days.

The former military ruler was nominated as the sole accused in the high treason case in December 2013. In March 2014, he was indicted in the case by the special court comprising judges of three different high courts.

The prosecution in the case has presented all the evidence and produced its witnesses before the court. The last prosecution witness testified on Sept 18, 2014.

Last year, the Islamabad High Court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to re-investigate the case to ascertain role of facilitators in the imposition of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.

Musharraf, who is facing multiple charges including treason and murder over the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, arrived in Dubai on March 18 for what his lawyers said was urgent medical treatment after a three-year travel ban was lifted.

Musharraf was banned from leaving Pakistan in March 2013 after he returned to the country on an ill-fated mission to contest elections.

The former ruler was barred from taking part in the polls and instead faces a barrage of legal cases.

Last June, the Sindh High Court lifted Musharraf’s travel ban, but the federal government appealed the verdict.

The Supreme Court upheld the Sindh High Court decision and ordered the government to allow Musharraf to travel.


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