Musharraf Facing Treason Trial in Pakistan (Video)
Posted on Nov 17, 2013
Pervez Musharraf’s political trajectory has taken a sharp plunge, as Pakistan’s former president now finds himself on the wrong side of the law in his home country.
On Sunday, Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Musharraf will go on trial for treason in relation to his suspension of the constitution and declaration a state of emergency in 2007.
The retired, and previously self-exiled, military ruler was also implicated in the deaths of two opponents, including onetime prime minister and Pakistan People’s Party leader Benazir Bhutto.
The Associated Press pointed out Sunday that, if his trial goes forward, Musharraf will earn the dubious honor of being “the first military ruler tried for treason in a country that has experienced three military coups in its 66-year history” and could be executed or spend the rest of his life in treason if convicted.
Last April, Musharraf made a dramatic exit from a courtroom in Islamabad after his bail was revoked in the early stages of his treason case (see video from The Telegraph below).
AP Photo / Ivan Sekretarev
Pervez Musharraf is pictured in front of the Pakistani flag in this photo from 2007.