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Pakistani Court Hearing Musharraf Treason Case Adjourns

Former president Pervez Musharraf (file photo)Former president Pervez Musharraf (file photo)
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Former president Pervez Musharraf (file photo)
Former president Pervez Musharraf (file photo)
By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
Pakistani judges hearing treason charges against former President Pervez Musharraf have adjourned the trial until the end of the week after Musharraf failed to attend the trial due to reported security concerns.

The court was due to indict Musharraf on March 11 on treason charges stemming from his 2007 imposition of emergency rule, but head judge Faisal Arab exempted Musharraf from appearing until March 14 after Musharraf's lawyers presented an Interior Ministry report citing security threats.

After that, the court summoned officials from the Interior Ministry to order extra security measures be put in place so the trial could resume.

Musharraf stepped down from power in 2008.

He returned last year to run in elections but immediately faced a series of lawsuits related to his 1999-2008 rule.

With reporting by AP and AFP

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