Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf.
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DUBAI – Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf was given the death sentence at a special court hearing in Islamabad on Tuesday (December 17).
The former military strongman was found guilty of a high treason charge on the case pending since 2013. The court gave its verdict with a 2-1 majority. The verdict is subject to appeal.
In a video statement from his hospital bed earlier this month, Musharraf described the case against him as “baseless”.
Musharraf is currently in Dubai after leaving Pakistan in 2016 to seek medical treatment. He has appeared only twice in hearings for treason.
He is the first military ruler to stand trial in Pakistan for overruling the constitution.
Musharraf was appointed as Pakistan Army chief in 1998 and was a staunch supporter of the US “war on terror” throughout his tenure as president.
Protests erupted in 2007 after Musharraf suspended the constitution and imposed emergency rule. He resigned as president the next year to avoid impeachment.
In 2013, his old rival and then prime minister Nawaz Sharfi initiated a treason trial against him, and he was charged for high treason in 2014.
Under Pakistan law, anyone who suspends the constitution by force shall be guilty of high treason, which is punishable by life in jail or death. ICA/Expat Media
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