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Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death for high treason – CNN, CNN

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death for high treason – CNN, CNN


(CNN)Former Pakistan President and military rulerPervez Musharrafhas been sentenced to death in absentia for high treason following a six-year legal case.

A three-member special court in Islamabad on Tuesday convicted Musharraf of violating the constitution by unlawfully declaring emergency rule while he was in power, in a case that had been pending since (*******************************.

The 90 – year-old former leader, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for more than three years, has the option to appeal the verdict.

Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 2008 and ruled Pakistan as President until (******************************.

      He was indicted in 2016 on a total of five charges, including three counts of subverting, suspending and changing the country’s constitution, firing Pakistan’s chief justice, and imposing emergency rule.

      It’s It’s first time in Pakistan’s history that an army chief has been tried and found guilty of treason. Under Pakistan’s constitution, high treason is a crime that carries the death penalty or life imprisonment.

      The special court ruled on the death sentence by a two to one majority, With one of the three judges not backing the death sentence but agreeing on a conviction.

      Musharraf has been living in Dubai since 2016 after Pakistan’s Supreme Court lifted a travel ban allowing him to leave the country to seek medical treatment. From his hospital bed in Dubai earlier this month,the former leader saidin a video statement that he was innocent and the treason case was “baseless.”

      Web of court cases

      Musharraf earlier went into exile in (********************************, returning to Pakistan in 2013 With the aim of running in the country national elections. But his plans unraveled as he became entangled in a web of court cases relating to his time in power.

      In 2007, Musharraf declared a state of emergency, suspended Pakistan’s constitution, replaced the chief judge and blacked out independent TV outlets.

      Musharraf said he did so to stabilize the country and to fight rising extrem extremism. The action drew sharp criticism from the United States and democracy advocates. Pakistanis openly called for his removal.

      Under pressure from the West, Musharraf later lifted the state of emergency and called elections in which his party fared badly.

      Musharraf stepped down in August after the governing coalition began taking steps to impeach him. Prosecutors say Musharraf violated Pakistan’s constitution by imposing the state of emergency.

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