Pakistan Sentences Former Dictator Pervez Musharraf To Death In Treason Case

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court docket on Tuesday sentenced the nation’s former navy ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf to demise in a treason case associated to the state of emergency he imposed in 2007 whereas in energy, officers mentioned.

It’s the primary time in Pakistan’s historical past {that a} former military chief and ruler of the nation has been sentenced to demise. Musharraf, who was sentenced in absentia, has been overseas since 2016, when he was allowed to go away on bail to hunt medical therapy overseas.

He has been dwelling in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and is alleged to be very ailing and unlikely to journey house to face the sentence. Pakistan and the U.A.E. haven’t any extradition treaty and Emirati authorities are unlikely to arrest Musharraf. If he had been to return, nevertheless, Musharraf would have the correct to problem his conviction and sentence in court docket.

The ruling Tuesday by a three-judge panel was not unanimous and one of many judges had opposed the demise sentence, in line with Akhtar Sheikh, one of many legal professionals of Musharraf.

After the sentence was introduced, Pakistan’s Info Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan informed reporters that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s authorities would “evaluation intimately” the decision earlier than commenting on it.

In an notorious purge in 2007, Musharraf imposed a state of emergency and positioned a number of key judges underneath home arrest within the capital, Islamabad and elsewhere in Pakistan. He got here to energy after ousting former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a 1999 cold coup.

Later, when he was again in workplace, Sharif first accused Musharraf of treason in 2013 and the overall was formally charged in 2014.

Musharraf was once more hospitalized final week in Dubai. Earlier, in a video message he launched two weeks in the past, Musharraf mentioned he was able to file his assertion in regards to the treason case by means of a video hyperlink however that he was unable to journey to Pakistan.

Sharif himself was ousted in 2017 and was later convicted of corruption. He left Pakistan on bail earlier this month to journey to London for medical therapy.

Sharif’s spokesman Ahsan Iqbal praised Tuesday’s ruling, saying Musharraf deserved the demise sentence as a result of he had ousted an elected authorities. “We welcome this court docket ruling,” Iqbal mentioned, including that the judges had completed justice to a former dictator.