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Pakistan: Further information: Human rights defender denied civilian court trial: Idris Khattak

, Index number: ASA 33/3660/2021

On 28 January 2021, the Peshawar High Court denied Idris Khattak’s appeal to be tried in a civilian court and confirmed that the hearing take place in a military court. There is very little information that has been shared with his lawyers or family as to where that case stands, with military courts in Pakistan notoriously shun transparency, due process and human rights. His whereabouts remain unknown, however it has been recently disclosed that the espionage charges relate to a meeting between Idris and a diplomat in June 2009, well over a decade before his abduction. Idris remains at risk of an unfair trial, a lengthy prison sentence or even the death penalty.

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