The Supreme Court’s three member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa during the hearing of high treason case against former president Pervaiz Musharraf, warned that if Musharraf failed to appear before court on May 2, he will lose his right to defend.
During the hearing CJP Khosa inquired “What will happen if Musharraf does not live up to his commitment? This matter cannot be left openhanded.”
Musharraf’s lawyer told the court, “We contacted Musharraf’s wife. The former president had set the date for his return as May 13 and he does not want to record his statement via Skype as there are too many documents.” “As Musharraf’s counsel said I cannot assure that he will appear before the court on May 2. It is a matter of his health and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy,” the former premier’s lawyer told the court.
The court then announced a decision on the case and said, “If Musharraf does not appear on May 2, the special court should announce a decision after hearing the prosecution. The suspect will lose his right to defend if he fails to appear before court and will not even have the facility to record his statement under Section 342.”
The treason case against Musharraf started in November 2013 months after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had filed the case against Musharraf over the president’s imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007. On March 18, 2016, the former president left Pakistan for Dubai for medical treatment after his name was removed from the Exit Control List on the orders of the Supreme Court.
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