New arrest warrant for Musharraf
1 Feb BBC
A Pakistani court has issued an arrest warrant for ex-military ruler
Pervez Musharraf, rejecting his plea to go abroad for medical treatment.
Mr Musharraf has been in hospital ever since suffering chest pains on
the way to his treason trial on 2 January.
Prosecutors argued his medical condition was not serious enough for
him to avoid appearing before judges Mr Musharraf says all the
accusations against him are politically motivated.The warrant issued is
"bailable", which means he could avoid arrest if he files a bail
application on time.
He is the first former military ruler to face trial for treason in
Pakistan, which has a history of army rule. If found guilty, he could be
sentenced to death or life in prison. Mr Musharraf, who governed
Pakistan from 1999 until 2008, also faces separate charges of murder and
restricting the judiciary.
The treason charges relate to his decision in 2007 to suspend the
constitution and impose emergency rule.
He has been at the military-run Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology
(AFIC) in Rawalpindi since he was admitted on his way to a treason
hearing.Security concerns prevented him attending earlier
hearings.Correspondents say many people have viewed reports of his
illness with scepticism, as they did the security scares which his
defence team say have prevented him from appearing in court.But his
lawyers argued that he needed to go abroad because no modern support
system was available in the country to perform procedures related to
heart diseases.n angiography.