Steven Kay QC and Toby Cadman have been instructed to represent former President Pervez Musharraf who now faces charges of treason.
On 20 December 2013 Steven Kay QC and Toby Cadman submitted a report to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights detailing the serious irregularities of this “incredible, unsound vendetta” against former President Musharraf. The legal teams is calling for a full UN review by the UN High Commissioner and UN Special Rapporteurs to engage with the Government of Pakistan and reconsider their current actions against the former President.
In a press conference held in London on 20 December 2013 Kay QC and Cadman called on the international community, in particular the British, US and Saudi Arabian Governments to intervene to support Musharraf who has provided immense assistance to the West in its “war on terror” during his time in office. The team also called on the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor the proceedings against the former President.
Steven Kay QC noted:
“The British and US Governments owe former President Musharraf a great debt for his support in the war against Islamic terrorism and the ongoing military actions in Afghanistan. In his time of need, it is crucial the British and American authorities act to support Musharraf, and support the rule of law in Pakistan by bringing all pressure to bear on the Government to end this show trial”.
It is alleged by the legal team that the Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has brought treason charges against Pervez Musharraf who removed him from office in 1999. Now premier again, Nawaz Sharif and his Government have, since Musharraf’s return to Pakistan in March 2013 to re-enter public life, usedthecourtstobringabarrageof unsubstantiated charges against him, from false accusations surrounding the death of former PM Benazir Bhutto, to questioning his operations againstIslamicfundamentalistsinthe global war on terror. As each of these other charges have been dropped or bail granted the Government has used its powers to bring a final and politically motivated treason charge. Nawaz Sharif has now set up a special court and handpicked three judges to try former President Musharraf.
On 30 December 2013 Toby Cadman travelled to Islamabad to meet with the former President and his legal team. He also held a press conference at the Serena Hotel, Islamabad to brief the national and international media on the status of the case against he former President. At the press conference Toby stated when questioned on whether the former President could receive a fair trial stated “If he cannot be afforded a fair trial then he should not be put on trial at all.”
A copy of the report submitted to the UN may be downloaded here:
131220 Communication regarding the trial of the former president Musharraf