Published On: Wed, Dec 18th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

Intra-court appeal challenges special court in Musharraf trial

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ISLAMABAD: An intra-court appeal was submitted on Tuesday in the Islamabad High Court against the formation of a special court to try former president Pervez Musharraf for treason.

The appeal filed by Riaz Hanif Rahi said that the special court was formed in violation of the Constitution and the law and made the law ministry, the interior ministry, the special court’s registrar and Director General Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) parties in the case.

During the proceedings of the treason trial on Dec 13, the special court summoned Musharraf to appear before it on Dec 24, the date of the upcoming hearing.

The former president is charged with abrogating, subverting, suspending, holding in abeyance and attempting to conspire against the 1973 Constitution by declaring emergency and overthrowing the superior judiciary in November 2007.

It will be the first time in Pakistan’s history that a former military dictator will face a treason trial.
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