Treason case: special court resumes hearing today

ISLAMABAD: The special court trying former military dictator Pervez Musharraf for high treason on Tuesday ordered the defence lawyers to make arguments on their application regarding the request for the provision of the record of the National Assembly (NA) session held after the imposition of emergency in November 2007.
The defence lawyers requested for an additional three days for the arguments, but the court rejected the plea and directed them to continue arguments on the application on Wednesday (today). A three-member special court headed by Justice Faisal Arab resumed the hearing of the high treason trial on Tuesday. During the course of proceedings, chief prosecutor Akram Sheikh handed over all the relevant documents to the defence lawyers. They comprised of cabinet meeting’s record, intelligence reports and investigation reports prepared by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
Justice Faisal Arab remarked that these reports should have been provided to the defence side five days ago. However, the chief prosecutor said that the delay was caused in receiving the documents from the department concerned. Akram Sheikh presented the documents, totaling 838 pages, in the court. 
They were attached with the lists and details of five witnesses that were missing in the report submitted on Musharraf’s legal team’s request.

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