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Musharraf not to be tried in Pakistani military court for treason.

| ISLAMABAD, Feb 21 (KUNA) -- The special court formed to try former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, ruled on Friday his prosecution for treason would not take place in a military court and has summoned him before it on March 11.

The bench of the court announced its decision to reject Musharraf's plea that had challenged the jurisdiction of the special court and had sought to hold the treason trial at a military court.

Its verdict said that Musharraf could not be tried in a military court being a retired army general.

The government leveled five charges against Musharraf for abrogating, subverting, suspending, holding in abeyance and attempting to conspire against the 1973 Constitution by declaring emergency and overthrowing the superior judiciary in November 2007, praying to the special court to award the military ruler death penalty or life imprisonment.

Musharraf had filed three applications that challenged the appointment of the head of the prosecution team, the establishment and the jurisdiction of the special court.

Musharraf's lawyers have already contended that the treason charge levied against him is politically motivated and that proceedings would be a "show trial".

Earlier on Tuesday, the former military strongman Musharraf appeared in front of special court to face treason case against him in the federal capital Islamabad.

The 70-year old Musharraf was shifted to hospital after developing medical complications en-route to the special court for appearance in treason case on January 2. (end) sbk.rk KUNA 211307 Feb 14NNNN

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