Pakistan Grants Bail to Musharraf
He won't leave the country after house arrest: lawyers
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 4, 2013 10:52 AM CST
In this April 20, 2013, file photo, Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

(Newser) – After six months of house arrest, former Pakistani strongman Pervez Musharraf has been granted bail in the case of a 2007 mosque siege. Musharraf has already received bail in three other cases, the AP notes. Some have expected the former leader to exit Pakistan once the house arrest is over, the New York Times reports. But while this decision should end his confinement at home, it doesn't allow him to leave the country, according to one of his lawyers; another says he aims to stay in Pakistan and continue to seek a return to politics.

In 2007, the army laid siege to an Islamabad mosque; its radical cleric died in the process, but there was no evidence tying Musharraf to the death—hence his bail, a defense lawyer says, per the AP. Backers of the families of victims of the operation condemned the bail decision, calling it "a murder of justice." Meanwhile, Musharraf continues to face cases over the deaths of former PM Benazir Bhutto and politician Nawab Akbar Bugti, as well as the detention of judges.
 

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