International desk – Pakistan’s former military dictator general Pervez Musharraf has been sentenced to death for charges of treason, Pakistani media reported on Tuesday.
A three-member panel of judges of s special court handed down the punishment to Musharraf, a former president of the country, over a high treason charge that has been pending against him since 2013.
The Pakistani General seized power in a military coup in 1999 and served as the country’s president from 2001 to 2008. He has been living in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates since he was allowed to leave the country for medical treatment in 2016.
The charge relates to Musharraf’s suspension of the constitution in 2007 when he imposed emergency rule in a move intended to extend his tenure.
Dawn newspaper reported the three-men bench of the special court announced the verdict — split 2-1 — in the long-drawn high treason case against Musharraf after hearing final arguments.
A detailed verdict will be issued in 48 hours, the newspaper added.
He was booked in the treason case in December 2013, when the PML-N government was in power. Musharraf was indicted on March 31, 2014, and the prosecution had tabled the entire evidence before the special court in September the same year.
However, due to litigation at appellate court, the trial of the former military dictator lingered on and he left Pakistan in March 2016.
The special court was reformed six times during the course of the case.
Musharraf’s counsel Advocate Raza Bashir said he had submitted a request to record his client’s statement via Section 342 of the CrPC, adding that his client should be given the right to a fair trial.
“Supreme Court had ended the right to record his statement via Section 342,” Justice AKbar responded, adding that the former president had wasted six opportunities to record his statement via the CrPC, according to the newspaper.