PCO judges’ list presented to treason trial court


ISLAMABAD: The special court trying Pervez Musharraf for high treason, on Tuesday, recorded the statements of two more witnesses, who submitted a list of 19 judges who took oath during the emergency of November 3, 2007.
A three-member special court headed by Justice Faisal Arab resumed the hearing of the treason trial against the former military ruler. Law Ministry Deputy Solicitor Taj Umer appeared before the court and submitted a list of judges who took oath under the PCO (Provisional Constitutional Order) during the emergency of November 2007. He also submitted 19 certified notifications related to the discontinuation of work for the judges. During cross-examination the defence counsel accused Taj Umer of handing over documents to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in an illegal manner, but the latter rejected this as a wrong perception, saying he acted in accordance with the law. The defence lawyer also said that FIA Director Khalid Rasool was not concerned with the case then why was he consulted. Taj Umer replied that he does not have any knowledge this. 
The tape of the emergency speech was presented in the court as a proof and the defence lawyer completed the cross-examination of TV official Talib Hussain. Meanwhile, chief prosecutor of the treason trial, Akram Sheikh pleaded to the court that only three witnesses from the prosecution’s side are left, and after their statements are recoded the former president should be summoned to record his statement in the court. Akram Sheikh said the prosecution side had submitted all documentary proofs and related documents in the court. 
After hearing the arguments the court adjourned the case for today (Wednesday).

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