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Pak SC to hear late Musharraf’s plea against death penalty


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Islamabad, Nov 6: Pakistan’s apex court will start from Friday the hearing on a set of appeals related to conviction of now deceased former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, including one moved by the ex-leader, seeking to overturn his death sentence by a special court in a high treason case.
The three-judge special court of Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, Justice Nazar Akbar and Justice Shahid Karim in the 2-1 split verdict on December 17, 2019 found Musharraf guilty of high treason under Article 6 for violation of the Constitution and sentenced him to death in absentia.
The judgement angered the country’s powerful army that has ruled over Pakistan for most of the period since 1947. The death sentence was later annulled by the Lahore High Court.
Musharraf, through his counsel Salman Safdar, had filed the plea to set aside the conviction by saying that the trial was conducted and completed “in sheer violation of the Constitution as well as the Code of Criminal Proce­dure (CrPC) 1898 as well as the suspension of the judgment in the interest of justice and fair play.” (PTI)


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