Court reject Musharraf’s plea seeking trial in military court

ISLAMABAD: The Special Court Friday rejected the plea of former military dictator General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, seeking the trial of high-treason case against him in military court, stated that the high treason case against the former president will be heard by special court.

The three-member Special Court, formed to try former military dictator for high-treason charges, in its ruling stated only the special court is empowered to hear the treason case, on the ground that Musharraf retired in 2007, he is therefore not a part of army, so the case could not be proceeded under Army Act.

The Army Act of 1977 was repealed in 1981, therefore, under the Army Act of 1976 only the special court is subjected to hear the case of high-treason, the court ruled.

The court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab later adjourned the case till March 4 and issued summons to Musharraf to appear on March 11 for charge-sheeting.

In his three applications, Musharraf had challenged the authority of special court to hear a treason case against him, the appointment of judges for the trial and nomination of prosecutor general.

Musharraf’s lawyers have concluded their arguments in the court, stating that the court has been set up against the law and legal demands and without federal cabinet’s approval, and that the trial court judges are ‘biased’ and ‘partial’.