Court issues last notice to Musharraf’s spouse

The judge of an anti-terrorism court hearing the Ex- PM Benazir Bhutto murder case mentioned his discomfort over the absence of lawyers defending ex- first lady Sehba Musharraf, notice of an ex parte judgement.Special Judge ATC-I Shahid Rafique observed on yesterday that he might proceed ex parte to decide the request of Sehba Musharraf on the next day of hearing if her legal representatives fail to turn up once again.

The applicant had challenged a verdict of the court that announced her husband ex- president Pervez Musharraf a announced offender, after he avoided court proceedings in the lawsuit in which he was cited an accused.Special Public Prosecutor had already raised argument over the maintenance of the request, indicating Sehba Musharraf had not signed the request herself.He more mentioned that under the criminal procedure law, no announced culprit could be represented in absence only if he/she was either arrested or had obtained bail from the court of justice.

Separately, the court officially initiated a formal trial in the lawsuit and recorded the claims of 2 police officers who were deputed at Rawalpindi’s City police station on December 27, 2007, when Ex- PM Benazir Bhutto and 24 of her followers were killed in a gun and blast attack. The court summoned as many as 8 more prosecution witnesses to record their claims on December 10, the next day of hearing.

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