Former President Pervaiz Musharraf in hot waters

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Former President Pervaiz Musharraf in hot waters

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Monday, while hearing a high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf, remarked that the special court should announce a decision after hearing the prosecution as the suspect will lose his right to defend if he fails to appear before court on May 2.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard the high treason case against Musharraf on the Lahore High Court Bar's petition.

As the hearing went underway, CJP Khosa inquired whether Musharraf had assured that he will appear before the court on May 2. "What will happen if Musharraf does not live up to his commitment? This matter cannot be left openhanded."

Musharraf's counsel told the court, "We contacted Musharraf's wife. The former president had set the date for his return as May 13 and he does not want to record his statement via Skype as there are too many documents."

"As Musharraf's counsel I cannot assure that he will appear before the court on May 2. It is a matter of his health and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy," the former premier's lawyer told the court.