ATC orders retrial of Benazir murder case
02 October, 2013
RAWALPINDI: Rejecting pleas of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC-I) on Tuesday ordered retrial of Benazir Bhutto's murder case following the indictment of main accused, former president Pervez Musharraf.
Musharraf, who was arrested by FIA on April 26, is on bail against two surety bonds of Rs 1 million each in the murder case of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Bhutto and has exemption from court attendance due to security concerns. On June 25, the FIA submitted a final challan against Musharraf before the court, declaring him the "prime accused" in the light of investigation carried out in the case. The ATC indicted Musharraf in the murder case on August 20.
Announcing the judgement, which was reserved on September 17, after hearing arguments of all the concerned parties, ATC Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman ordered FIA to reproduce prosecution witnesses before the court for recording their statements on October 8 and adjourned the hearing.