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Pakistan court rejects Musharraf change of venue

February 21, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani court trying the country’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason as rejected his plea to send his case to a military court, saying it has the jurisdiction to hear the case.

Faisal Hussain says the court Friday also summoned Musharraf on March 11.

The case against Musharraf relates to his decision in 2007 to declare a state of emergency and detain several judges.

The defense has said that since Musharraf was the chief of army staff at the time, civilian courts do not have the jurisdiction to hear the case.

Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup and was forced to step down in 2008. He later left the country, but returned in March 2013 to take part in elections.

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