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Pakistani Court Rejects Musharraf Change Of Venue

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason has rejected his plea to send his case to a military court and set March 11 as the date to indict him.

Lawyers for the 70-year-old Musharraf had challenged the right of a civilian court in Islamabad to try the former army chief.

The three-judge bench ruled that Musharraf was no longer in the army and that high treason can be tried exclusively in a special court.

Musharraf could face the death penalty if convicted.

The case is seen as a test of civilian rule over the country's powerful army.

The case against Musharraf relates to his decision in 2007 to declare a state of emergency and detain several judges.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal