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Court backs Musharraf exit request

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 01:47

June 12 - A Pakistani court backs ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf's request to leave the country. Sarah Toms reports.

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Pakistan security forces arrive outside the high court in Karachi. The military is closely following the trial of the country's former leader and general Pervez Musharraf. On Thursday, the Sindh High Court backed his request to leave the country even though he's on trial for treason. Musharraf had been barred from leaving Pakistan. Many Pakistanis believe he could flee the country and avoid facing charges, if allowed to travel. But now the court has removed his name from an exit control list, his lawyers say the government has 15 days to appeal before the order comes into effect. . (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) FORMER PAKISTANI PRESIDENT PERVEZ MUSHARRAF'S LAWYER, FAROUGH NASEEM, SAYING: "Today the divisional bench of the Sindh High Court has allowed the petition filed by Mr. Musharraf, and the memorandum under which Musharraf's name was put on the ECL (Exit Control List) has been annulled by the Sindh High Court. The court has also said that this judgment or order is self executory. So now there is no need to get any further permission from the federal government." Last year Musharraf -- seen here -- made a triumphant return to the country. But it was short lived as he soon found himself facing a series of criminal cases. The most serious one is a treason case, that includes charges of suspending the constitution and imposing emergency rule in 2007. The former military leader has pleaded not guilty but he could face a death sentence if convicted.

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Court backs Musharraf exit request

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 01:47