Benazir Murder Case: Mark Siegel's Testimony to be Recorded through Video Link

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 25 August 2015 11:10

ISLAMABAD: United States lobbyist Mark Siegel will testify before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday as a key prosecution witness in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

According to a senior prosecutor, the ATC in Rawalpindi will record Mr Siegel’s statement through video link and the defence counsel will cross-examine him through the same facility.

The Pakistani embassy in Washington has made arrangements for recording the statement on its premises which will be declared as an extension of the ATC.

In Rawalpindi, arrangements have been made for ATC Judge Rai Mohammad Ayub Marth to record the statement at the commissioner’s office where the video-conferencing facility is available.

Mr Siegel is a witness in the case against former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf.

The ATC has so far recorded statements of former interior secretary Kamal Shah and a former director general of the National Crisis Management Cell. The name of another witness, a former DG of the Intelligence Bureau, Ejaz Shah, has been withdrawn by the prosecution.

According to the prosecution, Mr Siegel has claimed that Ms Bhutto received a telephone call on Sept 25, 2007 in his presence at the office of US Congressman Tom Lantos in Washington which she later described as a very ‘bad call’ from Mr Musharraf.

The former military ruler had reportedly warned Ms Bhutto that “her safety depends on the state of their (Musharraf and Benazir’s) relationship”.

According to Mr Siegel, Ms Bhutto sent him an email on Oct 26, 2007 in which she expressed a sense of insecurity.

She also said that if something happened to her, she would hold Mr Musharraf responsible apart from individuals mentioned in a letter written by her to the ruler on Oct 16. In the letter, Ms Bhutto had named retired Brig Ejaz Shah, retired Lt Gen Hameed Gul and PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

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