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Pakistan's former president in court on new charges

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 - 01:25

April 23 - Former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf arrives in a Rawalpindi court accused of failing to prevent the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto in 2007. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Supporters of Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf cheer the leader as he arrives in court. Already under house arrest in a separate case, Musharraf on Tuesday faced allegations he failed to protect former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and prevent her 2007 assassination. The defence claimed Musharraf had been singled out and questioned why other suspects were not being investigated. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAWYER FOR PAKISTAN'S FORMER PRESIDENT PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, SALMAN SAFDAR, SAYING: "The prosecution case basically revolves around circumstantial evidence. What that circumstantial evidence is is shrouded in mystery. And another shocking feature of this case is that prior to her death, Benazir Bhutto raised suspicion on as many as four individuals." The Rawalpindi court adjourned the case until May 3. Musharraf seized power in a coup in 1999, resigned in 2008 and went into self-imposed exile. He returned last month hoping to run in upcoming parliamentary elections but was disqualified and now faces a host of legal challenges. He was taken into custody last week on allegations he illegally detained judges while in office - making him the first former army chief to be arrested in a country where civilian authorities rarely question the powerful military.

Pakistan's former president in court on new charges

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 - 01:25

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