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Pakistan's Musharraf appears in treason case

  • Supporters of Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, hold banners and chant slogans in his support, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has appeared for the first time in front of a court tasked with hearing a high treason case against him.

The Tuesday appearance was Musharraf's first in front of the court since proceedings started on Dec. 24.

Musharraf was hospitalized on Jan. 2 after complaining of chest pains on the way to the courthouse and petitioned to be allowed to go abroad for treatment. But the court rejected his request.

His failure to appear at court sparked speculation he would use the health scare as a way to leave the country.

The judges had been expected to indict Musharraf if he appeared in court but during the brief hearing they said they would first decide a jurisdictional issue on Friday.

 
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