Pakistan Will Try Musharraf for Treason

Former strongman could face life in prison, death
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2013 8:56 AM CST
Pakistan Will Try Musharraf for Treason
In this April 20, 2013, file photo, Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Pakistan has been showing signs of easing up on Pervez Musharraf, but today it announced that the former military dictator is going to stand trial on charges of treason for his imposition of emergency rule in 2007. A guilty verdict could result in a death sentence or life in prison, notes the AFP. "Following the judgement of the Supreme Court and a report submitted by an inquiry committee, it has been decided to start proceedings against General Pervez Musharraf (for treason) under Article 6 of the Constitution," said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. "It is happening for the first time in the history of Pakistan and the decision has been taken in the national interest." Musharraf is already facing charges in the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto. (More Pakistan stories.)

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