Musharraf’s prerequisites for facing trial rejected

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2017 09:13:10

By Sajjad Hussain,


An absconder cannot give conditions and dictate his prerequisites to the court, said Pak Government

Musharraf had demanded military security and safe passage to Dubai to face high treason trial

PAKISTAN has rejected former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s demands of military security and safe passage to Dubai to face his high treason trial, saying an “absconder” cannot give conditions and “dictate his prerequisites” to the court.

The Federal Government on Wednesday told a three-member special court that being an absconder for high treason, 73- year-old Musharraf cannot seek any relief until he surrenders before the court which is trying him in the high treason case.
“An absconder cannot dictate his prerequisites to the court and give conditions, that too his own subjective satisfaction, as to when he will appear and for how long,” the Government said in its response. Musharraf filed an application before the special court on May 5 in which he expressed willingness to face the trial under military protection. He also sought assurance from the court that he would be given safe passage back to Dubai.

The Government, through its chief prosecutor Mohammad Akram Sheikh, said, “The application has been filed only to prolong the conclusion of the trial,” the Dawn reported.

“That similar applications requesting ‘foolproof’ security and citing medical and security reasons have previously been made in the other cases pending against the absconding accused but no other court allowed these requests.” it said.
However, the Government said that it was willing to provide “all due security” to Musharraf “as per his entitlement”.

It also said that measures of effectiveness of the security could not be left to the whims of the absconding suspect, as in that case, security measures would never be found adequate.
The Federal Government said that Musharraf’s demands were delaying tactics and said the suspect’s conduct showed he had no desire to appear in court.