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Pakistan police place ex-president Musharraf in custody

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 01:07

April 19 - Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is taken into custody, hours after a court had ordered him placed under house arrest. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Angry lawyers chant slogans against Pakistan's former president as he appears in court. Accused of illegally detaining judges during a 2007 showdown with the judiciary, Pervez Musharraf himself is now in custody. After fleeing an Islamabad courtroom Thursday, the former military leader turned himself in. A judge on Friday ordered him placed under house arrest at his farmhouse for two days until an anti-terrorism court hears his case. The former paratrooper who seized power in a 1999 coup and resigned in 2008 has spent four years abroad in self-imposed exile. He recently returned hoping to run in general elections next month but has since faced a host of legal challenges - including allegations he failed to protect late prime minister Benazir Bhutto from assassination. The arrest of the man who embodied the army's control of Pakistan was surprising in a country where civilian governments rarely question the military and some say is symbolic of a power shift.

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Pakistan police place ex-president Musharraf in custody

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 01:07