A special court has sentenced former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to death in a high treason case, according to Pakistani media reports on Tuesday.
The former military dictator was sentenced to death by a three-member bench of the special court in the long-drawn high treason case against him for suspending the Constitution and imposing emergency rule in the country in November 2007, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014.
Musharraf (76) has been living in exile in Dubai since March 2016 after he left Pakistan for medical treatment and has not returned since citing health and security reasons.
The treason case against Pervez Musharraf was initiated by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The case was pending since 2013.
The special court had ordered Musharraf to record statement by December 5. The three-judge bench announced the verdict it had reserved on November 19, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported.
Musharraf had challenged the special court verdict and sought suspension of his trial in his absence. He asked the Lahore High Court to suspend the special court’s reserved verdict until he is healthy enough to appear before the court, according to an NTDV report.