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Musharraf won't appear in treason court: Kasuri

06 January, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: A lawyer representing former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said on Sunday the retired general would not make a scheduled appearance at his treason trial today (Monday) because of an ongoing illness.

The 70-year-old was rushed to a military hospital on Thursday after developing what a police official called a "heart problem" while being taken to hear treason charges against him at a special tribunal in Islamabad.

Musharraf's team says the treason allegations, which relate to his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, are politically motivated and his lawyers have challenged the authority of the three-judge tribunal.

"Everyone is aware of his sickness. The whole world knows that he is in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and the court also knows that," lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri told AFP by telephone.

"We just have to make an oral request in the court that since he is not well, his presence should be dispensed with," Kasuri said.

Musharraf spent his fourth day in the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on Sunday.

The court had adjourned its proceedings on Thursday and summoned Musharraf to appear today, but Kasuri said he hoped it would now "exempt his personal presence". "The court is not making a special concession to Musharraf. It is according to the law. Human life is over and above justice," Kasuri added.

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