Pakistan court overturns ex-ruler's death sentence

Pakistan court overturns ex-ruler's death sentence

Jan 14, 2020

Lahore (Pakistan), Jan 14: A Pakistani court has overturned a guilty verdict and death sentence handed down to the country's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf.
The Lahore High Court declared the legal process was unconstitutional.
Musharraf was sentenced to death in December by a special court for high treason.
He was accused of imposing a state of emergency in the country 13 years ago, in a bid to stay in power.
Musharraf's defense team challenged the ruling.
It argued the case was politically motivated and on Monday, the high court agreed.
Musharraf seized power in a coup two decades ago, and served as president from 2001 to 2008.
He is the first former army chief in Pakistan to have been charged with treason.
The 76-year-old has been living in self-imposed exile in Dubai since leaving Pakistan to seek medical treatment in 2016.
He reportedly told a Pakistani news outlet he was ''happy'' with the outcome.
Source: NHK World