ISLAMABAD: The special court trying former military dictator Pervez Musharraf conducted the case proceedings on Friday before chief prosecutor Akram Sheikh sought more time to provide the required documents to the defence lawyers, after which the court adjourned the case till June 3.
The court headed by Justice Faisal Arab remarked that the defence lawyers are not responsible for the delay in the proceedings of the high treason trial against Musharraf and directed the prosecution lawyer to provide all the related documents demanded by the defence side.
The chief prosecutor informed the court that a letter has been dispatched to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for the provision of the documents to the defence lawyers.
Justice Faisal remarked that the copy of the letter sent to FIA should be presented in the court and accepted the prosecution’s request for time for implementation of the court orders related to the provision of documents and joint investigation team report to the defence lawyers. Justice Faisal Arab said the prosecution side should ensure the provision of documents to the defence by Wednesday and added that the defence side is not responsible for delay in the case proceedings.
On the request of Pervez Musharraf’ s legal team, the court had ordered the prosecution team in the high treason trial to provide the missing FIA investigation report and all relevant documents regarding the treason trial to the accused.
During the proceedings of the case, Musharraf’s lawyer Shaukat Hayat submitted an application in the court and asked for the provision of relevant documents, including the minutes of the 44th session of the National Assembly (NA), list of members of the then cabinet (Shaukat Aziz and his aides), list of advisers and attorney general of the federal government and the list of provincial governors.
Earlier, in his reply to the prosecution’s application, Musharraf prayed to the special court to reframe the charges against him in the high treason trial and summon 10 witnesses listed in the prosecution’s petition.
Musharraf submitted that the witnesses who have been named in the application are under the control of the complainant so summons should be issued to them by the special court. Musharraf’s lawyer submitted that no reason was disclosed as to why those mentioned in the list of witnesses were not summoned.
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