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Pakistan's Musharraf Granted Bail in Bhutto Murder Case

A Pakistani court has granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a case related to the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf is accused of failing to provide adequate security to Bhutto, who was gunned down in December 2007 at a political rally in Rawalpindi. He has denied any involvement and says the allegations against him are politically motivated.

Despite being issued bail, Musharraf will remain under house arrest at his home on the outskirts of Islamabad on separate charges.

Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, is also accused of ordering the illegal detention of judges when he imposed military rule in 2007.



Musharraf seized power in a 1999 military coup and ruled for nearly a decade before he stepped down in 2008 and later fled into exile. The 69-year-old returned in March to stand in last week's general election, but he was barred from running due to the charges.

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