Tuesday, April 30, 2013

14-day judicial custody for Musharraf in Bhutto case

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2013 PTI

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was on Tuesday sent to judicial custody for a fortnight by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.

The court in Rawalpindi had said at the last hearing that Gen. (retd.) Musharraf should be produced for Tuesday's hearing but he was not presented before the judge for security reasons, said chief prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Though Gen. Musharraf was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days, the former military strongman will be held at his farmhouse at Chak Shahzad on the outskirts of Islamabad, which has been declared a "sub jail".

The anti-terrorism court adjourned the case till May 14.

At the last hearing on April 26, Gen. Musharraf had been remanded to the physical custody of the FIA for four days so that he could be questioned by investigators probing Ms. Bhutto's assassination.

Referring to the FIA's decision not to produce Gen. Musharraf in court on Tuesday, Mr. Ali told reporters that the Interior Ministry has issued an order, which said that the former president "faces the highest level of security threat".

"Due to this very reason, he was not presented in court but he was sent on judicial remand," he said.

The FIA's joint investigation team had completed its investigation against Gen. Musharraf and gathered "solid evidence" that "directly connects the accused with the commission of the offences with which he has been charged," Mr. Ali said.

"Gen. Musharraf has tried to shift liability and responsibility on others but there is solid evidence, which proves he is guilty," he said.
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