Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said a death sentence against him was the result of a vendetta, in a video released late on Wednesday. David Doyle reports.
Speaking from a hospital bed in Dubai, Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf says a death sentence against him in his homeland is the result of a personal vendetta.
(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) FORMER PAKISTAN PRESIDENT PERVEZ MUSHARRAF SAYING:
“I call this verdict suspicious because, during the hearing of this case, the supremacy of the law was ignored from beginning to the end.”
An anti-terrorism court sentenced the 76-year-old to death on Tuesday (December 17) after finding him guilty of high treason and subverting the constitution in 2007.
It was a verdict that sent shudders through Pakistan’s highly influential military, which accused the court of ignoring legal processes, and defended the general’s patriotism.
Musharraf seized power in a 1999 military coup and in 2007 he suspended the constitution and imposed emergency rule – a move which sparked protests.
He resigned in 2008 to avoid the threat of impeachment, but when Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf deposed in 1999, was re-elected prime minister in 2013 he initiated the treason trial.