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Treason Trial: Court to indict Musharraf on Jan 1st

ISLAMABAD: Special Court headed by Justice Faisal Arab adjourned hearing of treason trial against former president Musharraf till January 1st when charges will be framed against the accused, ARY News reported on Tuesday. 

The lawyers of the former president Ahmed Raza Kasuri and Khalid Ranjha, talking to the media after the hearing, said that the defence has submitted objections over the constitution of the trial court and the prosecution, which will be heard in the next hearing of the case on January 1st. 

Earlier, the court exempted Musharraf from appearing in the court in the first hearing of the case due to security concerns. 

Justice Faisal Arab is presiding over the special court conducting landmark treason trial against the former COAS and president.

The lawyers of Pervez Musharraf raised the issue of security of their client and sought his exemption from appearing before the court. 

Justice Faisal Arab in his remarks said that the court was aware of the security threat to Musharraf but it is a criminal trial. 

After arguments, the court granted the former president exemption from the first hearing of the trial.

The prosecution side said that the offence is unbailable and if the accused not appears in the court, he should be declared absconder and requested to the court for issuing non-bailable warrants of the accused. 

The court rejected the request of the prosecution lawyer. 

Defence lawyer Anwar Mansoor in his arguments said that the defence have objections over the constitution of the special bench. The court directed him to submit written objections to the court.   

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