Lawyer: Musharraf to make first appearance before Pakistan court to face treason charges

Published: February 7, 2014

In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, Pakistan’s former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. B.K. Bangash, File

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A defence lawyer says Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf will make his first appearance before a court on Feb. 18 to face a high treason case.

Anwar Mansoor Khan gave this assurance to the court Friday in Islamabad.

Musharraf seized power in a 1999 coup and was forced to step down in 2008.

He faces the charges for his 2007 decision to impose a state of emergency and detain judges.

He has skipped several earlier court hearings, forcing judges to issue an arrest warrant for him. But the warrant was “bailable” — meaning he could avoid jail by applying for bail.

Musharraf is currently in hospital, and Khan says he wanted to go abroad for treatment of a heart disease.

06:29ET 07-02-14

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