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Pakistan: Court Orders Confiscation of Musharraf’s Property

(May 20, 2010) On May 13, 2010, the Peshawar High Court in Pakistan dismissed an appeal, thereby upholding a lower court's verdict on the confiscation of the property of General Pervez Musharraf, a former president of the country. The decision, which opened the way for the confiscation to be implemented, came from a bench consisting of two judges, Justice Muftahuddin and Justice Samad Khan, of a division of the Peshawar High Court at Abbottabad. They upheld the decision of the District and Session Court. The case had involved Attiqur Rehman, a kidnapped engineer employed by the Atomic Energy Commission of Pakistan. Rehman has been missing since June 25, 2004. (Peshawar High Court Orders Confiscation of Musharraf's Property, THE NEWS ONLINE, May 14, 2010, World News Connection online subscription database, Document No. 201005141477.1_09de0049c0d70aab; Rashid Javed, Court Orders Confiscation of Musharraf's Assets, THE DAWN, May 17, 2010, available at

The lawyer who filed the case, Muhammad Iqbal, requested the registration of a case against Musharraf under several sections of the Criminal Procedure Code (Code of Criminal Procedure 1898, as amended by Act 2 of 1997, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) website, (last visited May 17, 2010).) The District and Session Court had determined in May 2009 that the father of the kidnapped employee should give a statement and legal action should be initiated against the responsible parties. The father identified Musharraf as the person responsible for the crime. (THE NEWS ONLINE, supra.)

On October 30, 2009, the District and Session Court declared Musharraf the offender and ordered the police to confiscate his property. The decision was appealed by the Deputy Advocate-General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; that appeal is the one that was rejected by the Peshawar High Court. (Id.)