ISLAMABAD: The particular court listening to a treason case in opposition to General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has determined to take proceedings ahead and conclude the trial within the absence of the previous military chief.
Musharraf at present resides in Dubai and has been unable to attend hearings in Pakistan as he’s reportedly receiving medical therapy for a “uncommon illness”.
On Wednesday, a three-member bench headed by Justice Tahira Safdar noticed that the court proceedings might not be halted as a result of accused’s sickness.
The court docket declared that Musharraf has misplaced the correct to interact a counsel until he surrenders.
“In view of the established precept trial couldn’t be held in abeyance or could possibly be adjourned for an indefinite interval couple with findings of the Supreme Court, whereby it was held that the accused being fugitive from regulation, thus loses his proper to viewers, additionally misplaced to have an advocate appointed to defend him until he surrenders himself earlier than the court,” reads the written order.
“As determined by the Supreme Court, the realized counsel presently representing the accused neither might characterize him nor might defend him [accused] with the exception the accused seems and surrenders himself earlier than the court.”
The particular court has directed the Ministry of Law and Justice to advocate a panel of advocates to defend the previous military chief, in step with Part 9 of Prison Regulation Special Court Act 1976.
“Within the view of the described state of info and in compliance of the choice given by Supreme Court for additional proceedings of the trial a counsel is to be appointed to defend the accused as required by the Part 9 of the Act 1976. The Ministry of Regulation and Justice, Authorities of Pakistan, is directed to submit a panel of advocate for the aim together with the package deal of charge to be paid to the advocate, so appointed to allow this court to additional proceed with the case, as required.”
The choice got here after the defence counsel stated the previous president and military chief was bodily and mentally unfit to return to the nation.
Sustaining that the previous president was “underweight” and “combating for his life”, Musharraf’s lawyer had requested for one more exemption. “He’s on a wheelchair and can’t stroll,” he instructed the court.
The counsel stated he was embarrassed to repeatedly search adjournments however stated Musharraf’s well being had deteriorated sharply over latest months. He had requested for permission to document Musharraf’s assertion through video link.
The court has now set June 27 as the subsequent date of listening to.