Pakistani court indicts Pervez Musharraf in Benazir Bhutto case

Musharraf was indicted over his failure to prevent the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Written by Reuters | Rawalpindi | Published: August 20, 2013 10:00 am

A court in Pakistan has formally indicted former military dictator Pervez Musharraf over his failure to prevent the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto in 2007,the public prosecutor in the closely watched case said on Tuesday.

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“He should be tried,” the prosecutor,Mohammad Azhar,told reporters after a brief hearing in the city of Rawalpindi during which the three charges of murder,conspiracy to murder and facilitation of murder were read out to Musharraf.

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Musharraf,who made no public remarks during his appearance,denied all the charges against him,Azhar said.

Journalists were not allowed in the court room. Hundreds of police were deployed along the main road leading to the court as well as on rooftops as Musharraf’s car arrived.

On August 6,the court delayed the widely expected indictment because it was too dangerous for Musharraf to attend the proceedings due to threats to his life.

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