The High Court of Lahore, in Pakistan, has cancelled this Monday the death sentence to which he was condemned former president Pervez Musharraf for the crime of high treason, after having suspended the Constitution and imposed the state of emergency in 2007, considering that the formation of the special court that judged was unconstitutional, has told the EFE news Agency the lawyer of Musharraf, Azhar Siddique.
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Siddique said that the High Court considered that the formation of the special court "was not approved by the Cabinet," the then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 2013, precisely the representative to whom Musharraf fell from power in a coup in 1999. "Everything we announced the special court is zero," he said.
After the announcement, the pakistani Army declared quickly that it has not been followed due process in the conviction of an ex military man, and that he expected them to do justice according to the Constitution, a support that Musharraf has already grateful.
The court also considered that article 6 of the Constitution, about the betrayal of the State was amended in 2010, years after the actions of the military retired, and could not be applied retroactively. Musharraf praised the court's decision in an audio message sent to the television channel Geo. "The decision is very good. I am happy that the verdict conforms to the law and the Constitution," said the former general, according to Geo.
The death sentence of December 17 was held by the more liberal sectors of the asian country. "Democracy is the best revenge", tweeted then Bilawal Bhutto, son of the murdered former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, crime for which Musharraf is accused, but which has not been judged to have left the country.
For its part, the Government of prime minister Imran Khan announced that calling up to the decision because the trial ended "hastily," and because he "had never held a trial in absence."
Musharraf, 76 years of age and resident in Dubai since three years ago was sentenced in mid-December of last year, in absentia for the crime of high treason. After the coup, took power and ruled until 2008. It is the first occasion, in the 72 year history of the country, that a military dictator is condemned by its actions.
Pakistan has been ruled by four military personnel were three coups during the 72 years of history of the country, the first in 1958 and the last in 1999. Even when it does not hold power directly, the Army exerts a great control over the foreign policy and National Security.Updated Date: 13 January 2020, 18:00