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Pakistan’s Musharraf calls death sentence ‘personal’

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.

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