Adiala jail trial to proceed in open court as judge hears Imran’s cipher case, in Pakistan

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Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain ruled on Tuesday that the trial proceedings for PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s cipher case would continue at the Adiala jail, but in an open court. The jail authorities failed to present the former premier as ordered by the court due to security risks. The case pertains to a diplomatic document that was allegedly never returned by Imran. Last week, the judge had issued directives for Imran and Shah Mahmood Qureshi to be presented at the Federal Judicial Complex. Both have pleaded not guilty. The trial was being held at Adiala jail, but the proceedings were scrapped by the Islamabad High Court, necessitating a fresh trial. During the recent hearing, the jail authorities submitted a report citing security risks to Imran. The special court issued an order approving the jail trial to continue in an open court, allowing media, family members, and others to attend. The hearing was adjourned to December 1. During the hearing, Imran’s counsel urged the court to grant him bail and Qureshi’s counsel requested directives for his client’s presentation in a legal open trial. The court reserved its order on how the trial would proceed.

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