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Musharraf Granted Bail, Cannot Leave Pakistan

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has been freed from house arrest, after a court granted him bail in a case involving the killing of a Muslim cleric in 2007.

It is one of several cases against the former military leader, including a case linked to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Prison officials left Mr. Musharraf's house late Wednesday. Mr. Musharraf may move around the country now, but he is still barred from leaving Pakistan.

Mr. Musharraf seized power in a 1999 coup while serving as army chief. He ruled until 2008, when souring public opinion pressured him to step down. He lived in exile for several years before returning in March, intending to run for public office. He was arrested soon after he re-entered the country and was put under house arrest in April.



In addition to the case involving the cleric and the one involving Ms. Bhutto, Mr. Musharraf also faces charges related to the arrest of a number of Pakistani judges.

The Taliban made threats on Mr. Musharraf's life, after he allied with the U.S. in the "war on terror" after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

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