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Musharraf Defense Presents Witness List

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf (file photo)
Lawyers for Pakistan's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, are presenting a list of defense witnesses they hope will clear him of charges that he was involved in the 2007 assassination of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf was not expected to appear in court for the session.

On August 20, the court in Rawalpindi charged Musharraf with three counts, including murder and conspiracy to murder.

Musharraf pleaded not guilty during that closed hearing.

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Musharraf is accused of failing to provide adequate security for Bhutto, who was killed in December 2007.

Bhutto was killed in a bomb and gun attack during a political rally in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, following her return from years of exile.

Musharraf has faced a series of charges relating to his 1999-2008 rule since returning to the country in March from self-imposed exile.

Based on reporting by Reuters and