Pervez Musharraf, then-president of Pakistan, in January 2008 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (Andy Mettler/World Economic Forum)

Pakistani Court Annuls Death Penalty on Former Ruler Musharraf

The top court in Lahore, Pakistan, has reversed the guilty verdict, as well as death sentence, handed down by a special court last month on Pervez Musharraf, a former military ruler now living in self-exile in Dubai. Monday’s court decision found that the special three-judge panel’s decisions in December lacked constitutional validity. The death sentence by hanging was handed down for Musharraf’s declaration in 2007 of a state of emergency that suspended most personal freedoms. But it was one clause in particular that garnered attention: One of the sentencing judges demanded inclusion of the stipulation that “if found dead [before he can be executed], his corpse is to be dragged” to a square outside the parliament in Islamabad and “hung up for three days.” Musharraf, a general, came to power in 1999 by overthrowing prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

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