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Pakistan's Musharraf In Court For Treason Hearing

Former President Pervez Musharraf.
Former President Pervez Musharraf.
Pakistan's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, has arrived in court for the first time to face treason charges.

The special tribunal is expected on February 18 to indict him for abrogating the constitution and enforcing a state of emergency in 2007 while he was president.

The charges could carry the death penalty.

Musharraf has denounced the case as political score-settling by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom he ousted in 1999.

No formal military ruler has appeared in a civilian court before in Pakistan, which has been governed for more than half its history by the military.

Musharraf was first ordered to appear in court on December 24, but has missed repeated hearings due to bomb scares and health complaints.

Musharraf also faces a number of other charges dating back to his 1999-2008 rule.

​Based on reporting by AFP and dpa