High Treason Case: Interpol officials refuses to issue a red warrant against Musharraf

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, a special court resumed hearing the high treason case against retired Gen Pervez Musharraf and sought assistance in proceeding with the case if the former military dictator continues to abscond.

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Secretary Interior Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, present for the hearing, told the two-member bench led by Justice Yawer Ali that a letter had been written to Interpol for Musharraf’s repatriation, but Interpol officials had refused to issue a red warrant, saying that Interpol does not deal in political cases.

“How can the court decide the case if Musharraf avoids turning up on the next hearing?” Justice Ali asked.

He asked authorities to inform the court on the next hearing if they can record Musharraf’s statement via video conference or if the case can be pursued without recording a statement.

The court also directed the interior secretary to submit a copy of the letter it wrote to Interpol.

The next hearing of the case has been deferred to Sep 10.

Prosecutor recuses himself
During the hearing, prosecutor Akram Shaikh submitted an application to the court saying he wanted to detach himself from the case.

He also contended that the new government should decide whether to continue with the case or not.

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