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Judges Reviewing Musharraf's Medical Report


Supporters of the country's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, gather on January 2 outside the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, where he was reportedly undergoing treatment.

Supporters of the country's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, gather on January 2 outside the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, where he was reportedly undergoing treatment.

A Pakistani court trying former President Pervez Musharraf says it is examining a medical report on his condition to decide whether he can be excused from hearings while he remains in hospital.

The court said on January 7 that it would rule on the matter in two days.

Musharraf is accused of treason for suspending the constitution and imposing emergency rule in November 2007.

On January 2, Musharraf was rushed to a military hospital after reportedly falling ill with heart problems.

Ahmed Raza Kasuri, Musharraf's lawyer, said Musharraf's health problems are well known.

However, the prosecutor in the case, Akram Shaikh, accused Musharraf of trying to evade court.

Musharraf has dismissed the treason charge as politically motivated.

He also faces several other charges in separate cases relating to his 1999-2008 rule.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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