Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf gets death sentence for high treason
High treason charge was imposed on the former military ruler, who came to power by staging a coup in 1999, for imposing emergency in November 2007.
A special court in Islamabad Tuesday awarded death sentence to former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf who had been convicted for high treason earlier this year, local Pakistani media reported.
This is a first in the history of Pakistan.
The punishment for high treason is death or lifetime imprisonment, according to the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973.
Musharraf, who is on a self-imposed exile in Dubai, had denied the charges earlier.
The judgment was pronounced by a three-member bench. According to reports, the entire verdict will be delivered in the next two days.
The case against Musharraf
The high treason charge was imposed on the former military ruler, who came to power by staging a military coup in 1999, for imposing a state of emergency in November 2007. The trial had been pending since December 2013.
The special court — headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and comprising Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court (SHC) and Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC — announced the verdict it had reserved on 19 November.
The special court at that time had said it would announce the verdict on 28 November on the basis of available record.
Days before the final verdict was to be announced, Pakistan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government had sought a deferment. In a fresh petition, it requested the Islamabad High Court that “the special court be restrained from passing final judgement in the trial”.
Subsequently, on 27 November, the court stopped the special court from issuing its verdict reserved in the case on 19 November. Additionally, they directed the government to notify a prosecution team by December 5, according to a Dawn report.