Musharraf challenges special court's verdict in LHC.


Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Friday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court challenging a special court's verdict sentencing him to death in a high treason case.

The petition was filed by Azhar Siddique on behalf of Musharraf in the High Court. The special court on December 17 had sentenced the former military ruler to death for imposing a state of emergency on November 3, 2007.

The petition stated that Musharraf was not given a chance to present his arguments and that the 'special court quite abruptly and hurriedly wrapped up a trial that was far from its conclusion.'

The petition also challenged paragraph 66 of the special court's verdict.

"The honourable respective president of the special court has crossed all religious moral, civil and constitutional limits, while ruthlessly, irreligiously, unlawfully, unrealistically awarding a debilitating, humiliating, unprecedented and against the dignity of a person sentence,' the petition stated.

It added that Justice Nazar Akbar in his dissenting note had mentioned that the actions taken by Musharraf on November 3, 2007 can be termed illegal and unconstitutional but they cannot be tantamount to treason.

'The importance of examining the accused in a criminal trial is enormous and any lapse, failure or omission to fulfill this requirement adversely affects the prosecution case'

The special court did not take 'into consideration that no actions detrimental to the national interest were taken by...

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