(Web Desk) – Mark Siegel, a Washington lobbyist and a friend of late prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has excused from recording his statement before the ATC due to illness.
Judge Rai Muhammad Ayub at the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Rawalpindi resumed hearing of Benazir Bhutto murder case.
During case proceedings, the Foreign Office officials informed court that Seigel was expected to record his statementthrough video link but he is suffering from a kidney disease, thus, he has refused to record his statement today.
Seigel, a key prosecution witness, earlier cited security reasons for his refusal to appear in person to record a statementagainst former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir assassination case.
He had claimed that Musharraf made a threatening phone call to Benazir Bhutto before she returned to Pakistan in October 2007.
Two months later, 54-year-old Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack outside Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, after she addressed an election campaign rally.
In August 2013, Musharraf was indicted in the case. He was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy for murder and facilitation for murder.
Musharraf denied all the charges and blamed Baitullah Mehsud, the then leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban.