SC Cannot Hear Musharraf’s Lawyer As Former President Is An Absconder: SC

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Published on May 5, 2017 by Javeria Siddiqui

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear arguments in the Pervez Musharraf treason case reminding the former president’s lawyers that the defendant has been declared an absconding accused by the apex court.

A special three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Yahya Afridi heard the case where the defendant’s counsel was told to submit their arguments in writing.

The government’s lawyer Akram Sheikh was also told to respond to the defendant’s request for security for Musharraf in writing.

Sheikh commented that it is sad that he needs to mention the fact that Musharraf left the country on the pretext of a medical check-up and never returned.

The defendant’s lawyer, Akhtar Shah, while reiterating what had already been mentioned in the written request, said that the government needs to provide Musharraf adequate security for the former president to return to the country.

Justice Yahya also ordered that the details of Musharraf’s assets, submitted in court by the interior ministry be verified, along with the power of attorney certificate submitted by the defendant’s lawyer.

Sheikh was also instructed to submit his reservations about the documents submitted by Musharraf’s lawyers to the court in writing.

The case was adjourned till May 19.

On May 11, 2016 a special court hearing the treason charges had declared Musharraf an absconder in the case.
At the time the prosecutor on the case was also ordered to submit record of all property owned by the accused.

Musharraf left the country on March 18, 2016 soon after the Supreme Court upheld the Sindh High Court directions to remove his name from the ECL.

Credit: Dawn

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