IHC declares notification for Imran’s jail trial in cipher case illegal – Pakistan


The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday declared illegal the August 29 notification for the jail trial of PTI chief Imran Khan in “judicial lockup” in the cipher case.

The courtroom issued the directives whereas listening to an intra-courtroom attraction filed by Imran towards a single-member bench’s determination that had accredited the ex-premier’s jail trial in the cipher case.

It should be famous that on August 29, the IHC had suspended the PTI chief’s sentence in the Toshakhana case, however a particular courtroom established below the Official Secrets Act had directed jail authorities to maintain Imran in “judicial lockup” in the cipher case.

In the decision, an IHC division bench, comprising Justice Mian­gul Hassan Aur­angzeb and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz, declared Imran’s intra-courtroom attraction admissible. The courtroom additionally upheld the appointment of Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain, who’s conducting Imran’s trial below the Official Secrets Act in the cipher case.

The courtroom stated that the notification issued by the legislation ministry on November 15 for Imran’s jail trial was not relevant.

The cipher case pertains to a diplomatic doc that the Federal Investigation Agency’s cost sheet alleges was by no means returned by Imran. The PTI has lengthy held that the doc contained a risk from the United States to oust Imran as prime minister.

The former premier and his aide Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who can also be behind bars, have been indicted in the case on Oct 23. Both have pleaded not responsible.

The IHC has endorsed Imran’s indictment, disposing of his plea towards the identical, however had additionally instructed the particular courtroom decide to make sure a “honest trial”. Last week, the courtroom halted trial courtroom proceedings towards the PTI chief whereas listening to his intra-courtroom attraction.

During the earlier listening to, the IHC sought the appointment file of the decide conducting the jail trial in the case. The courtroom had additionally ordered the registrar to current the letter written by Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain to the IHC administration for permission to conduct the ex-PM’s trial in jail.

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