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Pakistan's Musharraf 'rushed to hospital'
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:03:21 AM »
Look, no one wants to go to court. But a bomb yesterday, this today?

Via al Jazeera:

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was rushed to hospital after suffering a "heart problem" on his way to court for a hearing in his trial for treason, police and an aide told AFP news agency.

The 70-year-old had been expected to attend the special tribunal for the first time on Thursday after failing to show up for two previous sessions due to security threats against him.
If convicted, Musharraf will face a penalty of life time imprisonment or death  [AFP]

Lawyers for Musharraf walked out of Thursday's hearing, complaining of being threatened and harassed.

Anwar Mansoor Khan, one of the lawyers representing the former general, told the court he has been receiving threats and was unable to sleep the night before the hearing.

"I was under total threat... from 1:00 am to five in the morning. Someone was banging on my door and ringing my bell," Khan told the court.

When one of the judges asked who was threatening him, Khan answered: "This very government".

'Vandetta' case

Musharraf's team says the allegations, which relate to his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, are politically motivated and his lawyers have challenged the authority of the three-judge tribunal.

The court promised to investigate but Khan walked out of court, followed by other members of Musharraf's legal team.

"This never happened in my 40 years of practice. I will walk out," Khan said.

Musharraf's lawyers have previously said the treason case is an attempt by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf ousted in a coup in 1999, to settle old scores through the courts.

The treason allegations are the latest in a series of criminal cases faced by Musharraf since he returned to Pakistan in a thwarted bid to run in last May's general election.

These include murder charges over the assassination in late 2007 of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

If convicted, Musharraf will face a penalty of life time imprisonment or death.

Musharraf is the first former army chief to go on trial in Pakistan, setting up a potentially destabilising clash between the government - which brought the charges - and the all-powerful military.

On Sunday, the retired general denounced the treason case as a "vendetta" against him and claimed he had the backing of the military

Fair enough, the guy is already 70. Life in prison will be fairly short.
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Re: Pakistan's Musharraf 'rushed to hospital'
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 12:14:12 PM »
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