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Tribunal Demands Musharraf’s Medical Report

by AFP
Farooq Naeem—AFP

Farooq Naeem—AFP

Three-judge bench tasked with hearing former president’s treason trial demands explanation for his continued absence from proceedings.

A special court set up to try Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf for treason on Monday demanded a medical report after he missed another hearing following hospitalization for heart problems.

The 70-year-old was rushed to a military hospital on Thursday after falling ill while being taken to hear treason charges against him at the tribunal in Islamabad. On Monday, Musharraf spent a fifth day in the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, missing the hearing as his lawyers had said he would a day earlier.

The three-judge bench adjourned the case to Tuesday and asked for a report on his condition to be submitted to explain his continued absence from proceedings.

Musharraf’s camp says the treason allegations, which relate to his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, are politically motivated and his lawyers have challenged the authority of the tribunal.

Doctors treating Musharraf have sent medical reports to experts in Britain to determine whether he should be flown abroad for treatment. His sudden health scare was met with skepticism from some observers and feverish media speculation that his departure from Pakistan on medical grounds could be imminent.

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