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article imageMusharraf turns fugitive as judge revokes bail and orders arrest

By R. C. Camphausen     Apr 18, 2013 in Politics
Islamabad - In a scene that could be part of an action movie, ex-president Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan stormed out of the court and into his bullet-proof car, fleeing before security forces were able to seize and arrest him.
Musharraf had returned to his homeland after living in exile for five years, both in Dubai and London. He hoped to be allowed to stand for election; yet it turned out to be a bid that failed.
Last week, he was charged over his decision to dismiss the country's judges as he imposed emergency rule in 2007. However, he was granted a temporary bail lasting one week, Today, his luck turned for the worse when the Islamabad High Court refused extending the bail and ordered his immediate arrest instead.
Pakistani media report, both in The Dawn and The Nation, that the ex-president rushed into the street, accompanied by his bodyguards, while the security forces in front of the court made no attempt to arrest him.
The present charge against Musharraf is only one of three, as he's also accused of a conspiracy that led to the assassination of then opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007, as well as over the death of a Baluchistan rebel leader in 2006.
Ali Dayan Hasan, director of Pakistan's Human Rights Watch office, made the statement that Musharraf's behavior "underscores his disregard for due legal process and indicates his assumption that as a former army chief and military dictator he can evade accountability for abuses."
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