Special court cancels Musharraf’s right to defence in high treason case

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ISLAMABAD: A special court Wednesday rejected former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s request for adjournment of the hearing of a high treason case against him and cancelled his right to defence due to repeated non-appearance before the court.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Tahira Safdar heard the plea of the former president.
Counsel for Musharraf, Salman Safdar said that the former military ruler was not physically or mentally capable of returning to the country as he was fighting for his life. He said that his client was rapidly losing weight, adding that he was unable to walk and used a wheelchair. He requested for one more chance so that Musharraf could appear in court.
However, Justice Safdar remarked that the Supreme Court had given a verdict.
The prosecutor Dr Tariq Hassan also opposed Musharraf’s request and said that the court had given Musharraf the chance to give his statement through a video link.
The three-judge bench rejected Gen Musharraf’s plea to adjourn the case.

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