Published On: Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Pervez Musharraf fails to appear before court

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Islamabad: Embattled former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf Wednesday failed to appear before a special court, with his legal team seeking that the hearing in the high treason case be adjourned for five weeks.

Musharraf was supposed to appear before the court to face treason charges for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts.

70-year-old Musharraf’s lawyers today submitted an application to exempt him from appearing before the court and to adjourn the case for a period of five weeks.

The application said that Musharraf had called for the November 3, 2007, emergency in his capacity as the country’s military chief and he could only be tried by a military court in that respect.

If convicted, the former president could face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

This is the first time in Pakistan’s history that a former military ruler is facing trial for treason.