published Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Court orders arrest of Pakistan’s Musharraf

Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, center, leaves after appearing in court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Musharraf appeared in court to seek bail in Benazir Bhutto's assassination case. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered Musharraf to respond to allegations that he committed treason while in power, and barred him from leaving the country only weeks after he returned.
Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, center, leaves after appearing in court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Musharraf appeared in court to seek bail in Benazir Bhutto's assassination case. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered Musharraf to respond to allegations that he committed treason while in power, and barred him from leaving the country only weeks after he returned.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ISLAMABAD — Police say former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf has sped away from a court in the country’s capital to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked.

Police officer Ali Asghar says policemen were deployed at the court building in Islamabad on Thursday, but Musharraf’s security team rushed him out and put him in a black SUV before they could detain him.

Asghar says the court rejected his bail in a case related to his decision to suspend the constitution and declare a state of emergency in 2007.

A spokeswoman for Musharraf, Saima Ali Dada, says his legal time is trying to decide the next move.

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