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Pakistan produces 14 'missing' persons in court hearing

Dec. 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- More than a dozen people considered to be missing were brought into a Pakistani court this weekend, but officials said only six were positively identified.

The unusual closed-door hearing before a Supreme Court justice was held Saturday, a day in which the court is generally not in session, and featured 14 individuals whose faces were concealed.

"Only six persons have been identified," Attorney General Muneer Malik told reporters after 4 hours of proceedings.

The court had ordered the Defense Ministry to produce 14 of 35 people who had disappeared and were believed to be held secretly by the military. The identities of the 14 people transported to court in a pair of vans were not released, Dawn News reported. They were whisked away by the same vehicles after the hearing.

Officials said the remainder of the 35 missing individuals would be produced in court later in the week.

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