Data Map: Former Pakistani President Musharraf.
China News Service, Beijing, February 18th Islamabad News: Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf first appeared in court on the 18th, accepting trials against his treason charges.
According to Agence France-Presse, the 70-year-old Musharraf arrived at the National Library of Islamabad on the same day under the escort of more than a dozen vehicles, which was the place where the special court held hearings.
Reuters news said that when the presiding judge Faisal · Arab entered the court, Musharraf stood up and waved to him, but Musharraf did not speak. Faisal · Arabia said that the Special Court will first review the prosecution’s allegations and, if the allegations are valid, will again require the accused to appear in court.
Musharraf was accused of treason because in November 2007, Musharraf, then president of Pakistan and chief of staff of the army, declared a state of emergency and dismissed nearly 60 judges. It is suspected of being unconstitutional. According to the news, if the treason is convicted, Musharraf may face death penalty or life imprisonment.
The Musharraf treason case was repeatedly postponed, which was the first time Musharraf appeared in court after several absences.
The Associated Press quoted outside analysts as saying that the case was a test of the relationship between the Pakistani government and the Pakistani military. Some observers believe that the trial of Musharraf may provoke the Pakistani military. Musharraf has repeatedly stated that the Pakistani official’s trial of him is a kind of “political revenge” and the Pakistani military will always be his strong supporter.
It is reported that the Pakistani official officially launched the proceedings against Musharraf’s treason on November 17 last year. On January 2 this year, Musharraf was taken to the hospital on the way to the court due to a heart problem and was absent again. On January 31, the Special Court issued a bail-out arrest warrant against Musharraf and asked him to appear on February 7. Musharraf still did not appear in the courtroom of the special court on the 7th, but the trial judge Faisal · Arab approved the defense lawyer’s request for Musharraf’s 18th court.
Responsible Editor: Ge Peng