İrem UZUN -TDO- A three-member special court in Islamabad on Tuesday convicted Musharraf of violating the constitution by unlawfully declaring emergency rule while he was in power, in a case that had been pending since 2013.
Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup and later ruled the country as president from 2001 to 2008. Since losing power, and seeing his political party failing to win any significant seats in two subsequent general elections, Musharraf has seen his political fortunes wane as he chose to live in self-imposed exile in the United Arab Emirates after he was charged with treason in 2013.The high treason charge has been pending since that time. The main point in the accusation focuses on Musharraf's suspension of the constitution in 2007 for his own benefit
The 76-year-old says he is receiving medical treatment in Dubai. He issued a video statement from a hospital bed earlier this month, describing the case against him as "baseless”. It’s the first time in Pakistan's history that an army chief has been tried and found guilty of treason. The special court ruled on the death sentence by a two to one majority, with one of the three judges not backing the death sentence but agreeing on a conviction.