Musharraf to be indicted in treason case on January 1

Eurasia News

ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf will be indicted under treason charges after the special court  formed to try Musharraf under article 6 of the constitution for imposing an emergency in the country on November 3, 2007 adjourned the hearing against him till January 1.

A three-member special court headed by Justice Faisal Arab and comprising Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali began proceedings against Musharraf in the treason case on Tuesday.

At the outset of the proceedings‚ the counsel of Musharraf, Anwar Mansoor Khan, raised objections on the constitution of special court and appointment of the prosecutor.

Anwar Mansoor Khan further informed the court that his client could not appear in the court because of security threat. The court asked the counsel to file separate plea if there are security threats to Pervez Musharraf.

The special court directed that Pervez Musharraf should be given foolproof security from his residence to the court premises.

The prosecutor asked the court to issue non-bailable arrest warrants for Musharraf in treason case as he did not appear before the special court. The prosecutor said the presence of the accused is compulsory in the court as it is the criminal case.

Later, the special court adjourned the hearing till January 1.

Earlier, minutes before Musharraf’s departure from his house to appear in the special court, a bomb was recovered near his Islamabad residence, and later defused, putting his court appearance in limbo.

The Bomb Disposal Squad said the explosive material was recovered nearly 1 kilometer from Chak Shehzad farmhouse. It was planted on a possibly route of Musharraf’s convoy.