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Musharraf Freed From House Arrest

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf (file photo)
Pakistan has freed former President Pervez Musharraf from house arrest.

Reports say prison officials were withdrawn from Musharraf's villa on the outskirts of Islamabad on the night of November 6.

He had been under house arrest since April, when he returned to Pakistan after more than four years of self-imposed exile.

Musharraf's lawyer has said the ex-president is still barred from leaving the country pending the court cases against him but that a request would be filed to allow him to visit his ailing mother in Dubai.

On November 4, a court granted Musharraf bail in a case involving his alleged role in the death of a radical cleric killed during a raid on a hard-line mosque in Islamabad in 2007.

Musharraf also faces three other criminal charges, including one of murdering former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

He has been granted bail on those charges, too.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa