Pakistan's Musharraf in court for first time to face treason charges
Published on Feb 18, 2014 4:30 PM
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrived at court on Tuesday for the first time to face charges in a treason case he has denounced as a score-settling exercise by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The 70-year-old arrived in a heavily protected cavalcade at the National Library in Islamabad where the court has been holding hearings, an AFP photographer said.
No former military leader has appeared in court before and the trial is seen as a test of the supremacy of civilian rule in a country governed for more than half its history by the army after three coups.
Musharraf faces treason charges, which can carry the death penalty, over his suspension of the constitution and imposition of a state of emergency in 2007 while he was president.
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!