Supreme Court releases convict in Musharraf attack case
Rejects federal and Punjab govts’ appeals against his release
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The Supreme Court on Monday ordered to release a convict, Rana Tanveer Hussain, who was awarded life term on the charge of making a life attempt on former president and military strongman General ® Pervaiz Musharraf, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The court rejected the federal and Punjab governments’ appeals against the release of the convict.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood heard the case.
Lawyer Hashmat Habib told the court that his client Rana Tanveer had completed his life sentence but he was still in prison and was not released.
The life sentence is awarded for 14 years while my client has completed almost 20 years in jail, the lawyer argued.
The court after hearing arguments from both sides announced its decision.
Rana Tanveer was arrested on Dec 31, 2003 in connection with attack on former president Musharraf in Rawalpindi.
The Supreme Court after finding him guilty in the case awarded him life sentence in 2005.
Musharraf narrowly escaped an attempt to kill him on December 14, 2003, when a bomb blew up a bridge in Rawalpindi, minutes after his motorcade passed it.
On December 25, 2003, Musharraf survived a second attempt on his life within two weeks when suicide truck bombs were driven into his convoy on the same road a few days later.