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Cipher case : ‘in-camera trial’ of Imran, Qureshi allowed upon FIA request

14 December, 2023 16:23

The special court allowed in-camera trial of Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the cipher case on Thursday.

Today, Special Court Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqar­nain presided over the hearing in which the Federal Investigation Agency urged the court in-camera trial.

The in-camera ruling was served despite last month the same special court declared that the proceedings would continue at the Adiala Jail in an open court.

The FIA Special Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi filed a petition under Section 14(a) seeking an in-camera hearing of Khan and Qureshi.

The FIA prosecutor argued that section 14 dictated that a secret trial should be held considering the “context and circumstances”, adding that the situation of the cipher case required the same.

Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi were indicted yesterday in the special court for the second time. The PTI legal team disputed the indiction as none of the accused signed any document to which the judge replied Where were you during the hearing? The charges were framed in front of everyone.

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The court adjourned the hearing until tomorrow (Friday).

Imran Khan’s family to approach international courts

Imran Khan’s sister Aleema Khan said her family would go to the international courts and do everything possible while adhering to the law. She claimed Salman, Qasim and family to file a case in the UK as well.

Aleema Khan, noting that her brother “could be sentenced to death in this case” as per the offence, She claimed that US diplomat Donald Lu had sent the cipher to ex-army chief retired Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Aleema Khan drew a parallel b/w Imran Khan’s case to that of  Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, sharing how everyone was sure about his hanging. “The founder of PTI is also being taken on the path of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and how fast his case is being proceeded,” she said.

 

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