WEB DESK: Former president General Pervez Musharraf (retd) on Wednesday challenged the statement of Mark Seigel, which he had recorded against him through a video link from US, in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.
Subsequently, a cross-examination on Siegel was scheduled on Nov 4, which has been delayed till final outcome of the application filed by General Musharraf.
Musharraf through his counsel Farogh Nasim filed an application before the court, asking the court to declare Siegel’s testimony unlawful. The application states that since General Musharraf is facing a criminal trial, which entails a death penalty, the examination of a witness through a video link could not be permitted.
It said that it is in violation of Article 10-A of the Constitution and section 353 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), saying a witness should appear in person before the court for recording statement and cross examination. It further added that the charge against Musharraf is very serious and for such matter it is imperative that Seigal should be cross-examined in the court.
The former military ruler through the application requested the court to direct Siegel to personally appear before the ATC to record his statement again as well as for the purpose of cross-examination. While also issuing a notice to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor, ATC adjourned the hearing till Nov 11. Siegel had recorded his statement before an ATC on October 1.
He alleged that the former military ruler deliberately deprived Bhutto of the security detail, despite imminent threats to her life. In his statement, the lobbyist had claimed that PPP sought permission from General Musharraf to bring foreign security personnel with Bhutto and asked for vehicles with tinted glass, but both requests were rejected. Musharraf had earlier rejected Siegel’s allegations, terming his testimony despicable.
Source: Business Recorder