Source: The Guardian
Former ruler, who no longer lives in country, was tried for imposing state of emergency in 2007
Reuters in Islamabad
Tue 17 Dec 2019 08.51 GMT
A Pakistani court has sentenced the country’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to death on charges of high treason and subverting the constitution.
Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup and later ruled as president, is not in Pakistan and was not available for comment on the sentence, handed down by an anti-terrorism court hearing the high treason case.
“Pervez Musharraf has been found guilty of article 6 for violation of the constitution of Pakistan,” government law officer Salman Nadeem said.
The court’s full ruling was not available but it said in a summary it had analysed complaints, records, arguments and facts in the case and had reached a majority verdict, with two of the three judges giving the decision against Musharraf.
The charges stem from Musharraf’s imposition of a state of emergency in 2007, when he was facing growing opposition to his rule.