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Pakistan to try Pervez Musharraf for treason

  • Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2013 11:09 IST

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government announced on Sunday that it will move the courts to try former president Pervez Musharraf for high treason under Article 6.

Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar told a press conference in Islamabad that the government will move to try Musharraf for subverting the constitution of Pakistan twice. In Pakistan, the maximum penalty for treason is death.

The move comes a week after Musharraf was granted bail in all pending cases fueling speculation that he would soon leave the country.

However, on Sunday the interior minister told reporters that proceedings against the former Pakistan president would begin from Monday onward. He said a three-member bench of the Supreme Court would hear the case and that the government is also expected to announce a special prosecutor for the case.

Earlier this month, Musharraf had won a reprieve after a local court approved his bail in a murder case, the latest of a string of cases that he was facing after he returned to Pakistan.

Musharraf has so far spent over seven months in detention in his own house which was declared a sub jail.

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