Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf handed death sentence in high treason case  

WION Web Team New Delhi Dec 17, 2019, 12.43 PM(IST)

File photo of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf Photograph:( PTI )

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A special court sentenced Musharraf to death for clamping the state of emergency on November 3, 2007, has been pending since December 2013.

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was on Tuesday handed over death sentence following his conviction in high treason. 

A special court sentenced Musharraf to death for abrogating the Pakistan constitution. The case has been pending since December 2013.

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Musharraf, who is currently in a hospital in Dubai, has the right to appeal in 30 days against the sentence.

He was booked in the treason case in December 2013.

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 forums, the trial of the former military dictator lingered on and he left Pakistan in March 2016.

The sentencing comes a day after the Lahore High Court issued a notice to the federal government on Musharraf's plea urging it to stay the high treason case proceedings pending before a special court in Islamabad.

Musharraf in his application asked the court to declare the proceedings pending before the special court and all actions against him - from initiation of the high treason complaint to the appointment of the prosecutor and constitution of the trial court - as unconstitutional.