Court Indicts Former Pakistan Leader Musharraf in Treason Case

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_37cc6aa364.jpgDan Kitwood/Getty Images (ISLAMABAD) -- A special court has indicted Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for high treason for suspending the country’s constitution by imposing emergency rule in 2007, when he was the president. Contrary to all expectations, Musharraf surprised everyone by appearing before the court on Monday. He had failed to appear on previous hearings citing security and medical reasons.

The court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants on Musharraf if he did not appear before the court Monday.

A judge read five charges of treason against Musharraf, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Musharraf's attorney pleaded that he be allowed to proceed abroad to visit his ailing mother and also for his own medical treatment. A verdict on that is expected later.

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