Musharraf Charged With High Treason Former Pakistan president pleads not guilty By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Mar 31, 2014 8:11 AM CDT 4 comments Comments In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. (B.K. Bangash, File) (Newser) – Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf actually showed up at a court hearing today, where he was charged with high treason. Musharraf, military ruler of the country from 1999 until 2008, had a new lawyer with him as he pleaded not guilty to each of five charges: three counts of subverting, suspending, and changing Pakistan's constitution; replacing the country's chief justice; and imposing emergency rule. Musharraf, who faces the death penalty or life imprisonment, insisted to the Special Court he is not a traitor and that the country "prospered and grew" while he was in charge, CNN reports.