Mark Siegel fails to appear before ATC


US Journalist Mark Siegel did not appear before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) to record his statement in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case. ATC judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman on Saturday resumed hearing of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case in Adiala Jail. During the hearing, Mark Siegel who was summoned by ATC on the previous hearing did not appear before the court. The court had directed him to appear before it as a prosecution witness against former president and General (r) Pervez Musharraf.
FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar told the court that Mark Siegel did not obey the summons issued by the court. The prosecutor, on behalf of the FIA, submitted a petition seeking a hearing on a daily basis or three times a week. “The decision of former governor Salman Taseer’s murder case was made within one year but the court could not complete the trial of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case in five years,” the pettion said. However, the court rejected the petition on the objections of the defence lawyers. The prosecutor said in the light of Supreme Court’s verdict, the decision of the Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case would be made soon. The court adjourned hearing till January 19.