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No-show for Pakistan's Musharraf in treason case

Published on Jan 1, 2014 5:22 PM
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Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is seen during a pre-recorded video statement played for his supporters and members of the media in Islamabad, on Dec 31, 2013. Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf failed to show up for a hearing in the treason case against him on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014, with his lawyers citing security threats. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf failed to show up for a hearing in the treason case against him on Wednesday, with his lawyers citing security threats.

The 70-year-old stands accused over his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, but he and his legal team have dismissed the charge as politically motivated.

Conviction could mean the death penalty or life imprisonment for Musharraf, who has faced a series of criminal cases since returning from self-imposed exile last March.

His defence team said he could not attend the special treason tribunal on Wednesday because security was inadequate. They also complained that lawyers in the case had been threatened.

 
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