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Musharraf rejects charges in treason case

Updated: 2014-04-01 07:21
By Reuters in Islamabad, Pakistan ( China Daily)

Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan, pleaded not guilty to five counts of treason on Monday in the latest chapter of a long-running drama between the country's increasingly assertive judiciary and its former military ruler.

Musharraf faces the death penalty if convicted of the charges over his suspension of the constitution and imposition of emergency rule in 2007, when he was trying to extend his rule as president.

The case marks the first time a former military officer of Musharraf's rank has appeared in court before a judge. Historically, the powerful Pakistani military has rarely been challenged by either the government or the judiciary.

Musharraf rejects charges in treason case

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