Musharraf cannot to be tried in military court rules Special Court

The Special Court constituted to try ex- president Pervez Musharraf for treason allegations turned down his applications through which he had sought transfer of the case to military court.

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In its judgment, a three-member bench mentioned 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 couldn’t be started under Army Act. The Special court mentioned the Army Act of 1977 was repealed in 1981, therefore, according to the Army Act of 1976 only the special court is subjected to hear the case of high treason.

The court after adjourning the case till March 4 and released summons to Musharraf to appear on March 11 in charge-sheeting. Justice Faisal Arab is head of the three-member bench. In his 3 applications, Musharraf had challenged the power of a special court to hear a treason case against him, the appointment of judges for the trial and nomination of prosecutor general.

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