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Pakistan's former ruler Musharraf faces treason trial

Published on Dec 24, 2013 12:40 PM
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Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is escorted by soldiers as he arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on April 20, 2013. Pakistan's former military ruler on Tuesday faces trial for treason over his imposition of emergency rule in 2007, charges he has dismissed as politically motivated. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday faces trial for treason over his imposition of emergency rule in 2007, charges he has dismissed as politically motivated.

The 70-year-old is expected to appear in person before a specially-convened court in the capital Islamabad, after legal efforts to have the tribunal ruled invalid failed.

Security around the court was tight for the man who led Pakistan into its uneasy alliance with the US in the "war on terror" and now lives under heavy armed guard because of Taliban threats to his life.

Armed government paramilitary Rangers were stationed around the National Library building, where the hearing is to take place, and shipping containers put in place to form a security barrier to the compound.

 
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