Special Court declares Musharraf proclaimed offender in treason case

11:20 AM | 11 May, 2016
Special Court declares Musharraf proclaimed offender in treason case
ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - A three-member special court on Wednesday declared former President Pervez Musharraf a proclaimed offender in the high treason case against him.

The court has also ordered the Interior Ministry to publish advertisements in English and Urdu newspapers to this effect. Public notices should also be pasted on the doors of his all residences in Pakistan, the court ruled.

The court will resume hearing the case on July 12.

During Wednesday's hearing, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Interior Ministry submitted their reports about Pervez Musharraf's departure to Dubai in March. The former president's guarantor Major General (retd.) also appeared before the special court.

Musharraf is facing a treason trial for imposing an emergency in the country on Nov 3, 2007. He was barred from travelling abroad after his name was placed on the Exit Control List on Apr 5, 2013. However, in March this year, the Interior Ministry struck his name off the ECL and allowed him to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The former military ruler was scheduled to record his statement with the  special court on March 31. He never appeared in front of the court for this purpose.

Earlier, the court had issued warrant for him and summoned his guarantor after it was informed that the accused had left the country.