SC proposes three options for Musharraf to record statement
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court proposed three options for former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to record his statement in long-running high treason trial.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa issued instructions that former president, who has been residing out of the country, may either appear before Court in next hearing, record his statement in trial via a video link, or have his lawyer Salman Safdar record statement on his behalf.
Top court also rejected an adjournment request by Musharraf’s lawyer.
In his remarks, CJP Khosa observed that he “had an idea that Musharraf would be hospitalised” following previous hearing.
Former president was discharged from a hospital in Dubai over weekend, where he had been hospitalised for a condition he is said to be suffering.
“The question is, if a suspect does not deliberately appear before court then is the court totally helpless? If law is silent on matter then Constitution gives powers to Supreme Court to act,” the Chief Justice remarked.
Musharraf’s counsel told that bench that ex-president had been allowed by government to leave country.
“The government may have its own priorities but Supreme Court’s priority is only supremacy of law in the country,” CJP Khosa remarked.
“I am not surprised. Foreign governments do not usually give a person up if there is a chance that they may be awarded death penalty in the case,” Justice Khosa said.
The court said that special court handling treason case would decide on how statement should be recorded.
“If that court cannot decide upon this in next hearing on March 28, Supreme Court will make the decision,” Chief Justice said.
The court adjourned the hearing until April 1