Pervez Musharraf, exiled in Dubai, was sentenced to death for committing “high treason”.
“A special court of three judges sentenced Pervez Musharraf to death. The court stated that Pervez had committed high treason,” said the lawyer of former Pakistani head of state Azhar Siddique.
The conviction refers to the decision the former president made on November 3rd, 2007, when he imposed a state of emergency in the country and suspended the constitutional order.
The 76-year-old former Pakistani army general is in Dubai, where he traveled in March 2016, alleging medical problems and promising to return “between four and six weeks.” But he has refused to return to Pakistan ever since.
“We now have the right to appeal the judgement to the Supreme Court,” Siddique added.
In addition to this case, the former general faces several charges, such as not protecting the life of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhuto, murdered in 2007.
The treason case against the former president began in 2013 and Musharraf was accused of imposing a state of emergency and decreeing the arrest of dozens of judges in the government of the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, precisely the president Musharraf withdrew from power in coup d’état in 1999.
The Sharif executive banned, following his return to power in 2013, Musharraf’s departure from the country because of the high treason complaint, which the Supreme Court suspended in 2016.
Musharraf held the presidency of the country between 2001 and 2008, the year he was forced to leave the country.
The former president argued that the court charges are a political revenge.
Sharif himself was deposed in 2017 and later accused of corruption.