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Musharraf Charged With High Treason

Former Pakistan president pleads not guilty
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2014 8:11 AM CDT

(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. (Read more Pervez Musharraf stories.)

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