Pakistan wants to try former dictator Musharraf for treason

By REUTERS
November 18, 2013 16:05

 
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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan moved on Monday to put former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason for suspending the constitution and declaring a state of emergency while he was in power.

Musharraf has been embroiled in a complicated web of legal cases after returning to Pakistan this year from self-imposed exile to take part in a May election. His arrest was unprecedented in a country where the army wields enormous power.

He has been granted bail in three court causes in past weeks, prompting speculation that he would soon be able to leave the country. Musharraf has not publicly commented on the matter.

But on Monday, the government filed a request with the Supreme Court asking it to set up a panel to try Musharraf over accusations that he breached the constitution when he imposed emergency rule in 2007.

Observers believe the army wants to find a face-saving reason for his departure, possibly on grounds of ill health, but putting him on trial would be an unprecedented demonstration of power by Pakistan's fledgling civilian administration.

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