News / Asia

Musharraf, En Route to Trial, Rushed to Hospital

FILE - Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad,  April 15, 2013.
FILE - Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, April 15, 2013.
VOA NewsAyaz Gul
Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf was due in court Thursday to face treason charges, but instead was rushed to a military hospital with complaints of heart trouble. 
 
The high treason trial of former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf was halted until Monday at a three-member special court in Islamabad. 
 
Prosecutors said his presence is required for a possible indictment and a judicial order binds  Musharraf to appear. 
 
The 70-year-old former military strongman has already missed two opening sessions citing security concerns, including a bomb scare.
 
Defense lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri said a medical emergency prevented Musharraf from appearing in court on Thursday.
 
“While he was in the process of moving towards the court he had some sudden ailment and for that he was immediately, instead of bringing him here [in the court], shifted to Armed Services Institute of Cardiology [a military-run hospital],” he said. “So he is now admitted there.”
 
The military hospital treating Musharraf is located in the nearby city of Rawalpindi, where the powerful military is headquartered.   
 
Musharraf was the army chief in 1999 when he seized power in a coup by deposing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has now returned to office.  He later declared himself president to rule the country and stepped down in 2008 before leaving Pakistan in self-imposed exile.
 
The treason charges against Musharraf stem from his last days in office 2007 when he imposed emergency rule in the country and dismissed dozens of judges in a bid to cling to power. 
 
During Thursday’s legal proceedings defense lawyer Anwar Mansoor again questioned the integrity of the court and the legal process.
 
Speaking to VOA,  Mansoor alleged the government has intentionally ignored certain constitutional requirements while pursuing the treason case and appointing prosecutors.
 
“It was more of vengeance rather than anything else I think,” he said. “My view of the matter is that because Nawaz Sharif was aggrieved by Pervez Musharraf and because he (Sharif) was asked to go (abroad in exile), because he was convicted. Therefore, he now he wants probably the same action to repeat it as far as General Musharraf is concerned and nothing more than that.”
 
Sharif and his Cabinet ministers deny allegations of political vendetta.
 
Pakistani courts under the Musharraf regime had tried and convicted Sharif of treason.  He was later pardoned and  exiled to Saudi Arabia under a deal with the military leader not to return to take part in Pakistani politics.

You May Like

Turkey's Controversial Reform Bill Giving Investors Jitters

Homeland security reform bill will give police new powers in search, seizure, detention and arrests, while restricting the rights of suspects, their attorneys More

Audio Slideshow In Kenyan Prison, Good Grades Are Path to Freedom

Some inmates who get high marks could see their sentences commuted to non-custodial status More

'Rumble in the Jungle' Turns 40

'The Champ' knocked Foreman out to regain crown he had lost 7 years earlier when US government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials revoked his license More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
X
Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

All About America

AppleAndroid