Judges’ detention case: Next hearing at Musharraf’s sub-jail


Islamabad chief commissioner on Saturday issued orders for conducting trial of former president Pervez Musharraf at his sub-jail residence in the judges’ detention case.
Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday extended the judicial remand of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for a further 14 days.
ATC Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi resumed hearing of the case, in which Musharraf is accused of detaining judges of superior courts in 2007.
Musharraf’s counsel also filed a bail application in the court and the judge fixed a hearing for May 6.
Owing to security concerns, the former president did not appear before the court in person.
The lawyers told the court that the Islamabad chief commissioner, on April 3, had issued a directive in which it was ordered that owing to security concerns, proceedings of this case be conducted at Musharraf’s house, which has been declared as a sub-jail.
Following this, the court after getting a formal approval from Islamabad High Court, decided to conduct the next hearing at Musharraf’s sub-jail residence.
The court extended the judicial custody of the accused and directed the police to produce him before court on May 18. The judicial remand was extended on the request of police as investigators pleaded that work was still underway on the case.
The court has ordered making judiciary’s stance, Pervez Musharraf’s November 3 speech, and other material as part of the record of the case.
The former military ruler was placed in police custody at his home following his arrest on April 19. In this case, he is facing charges of imposing emergency in the country in 2007 and detaining superior judiciary including Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry.