Security scare delays treason trial for Pakistan's Musharraf
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The start of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf's trial for treason was delayed over security fears on Tuesday after explosives were found near the road he was to take to court.
The 70-year-old had been expected to appear in person before a specially-convened court in the capital Islamabad, after legal efforts to have the tribunal ruled invalid failed.
The allegations relate to his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007 and Musharraf and his legal team have dismissed the case as politically-motivated.
As the court was preparing for Tuesday's preliminary hearing in the case, police said they found 5 kg of explosive material along with a detonator and two pistols close to the route Musharraf was due to take from his house to the court.