Pakistani court orders ex-leader Musharraf arrested, hanged

Kyodo News

Posted at Dec 19 2019 11:04 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2019 04:00 AM

A Pakistani court that sentenced former dictator Pervez Musharraf to death in absentia for subverting the Constitution directed law enforcement agencies on Thursday to apprehend him and enforce the punishment.

The special court, releasing its detailed verdict in the high treason case two days after finding Musharraf guilty and imposing the death penalty, ordered that he be "hanged by his neck till he dies."

Musharraf has been living in self-exile in Dubai for nearly three years and is currently undergoing medical treatment there.

In its 169-page detailed judgement, the court called on law enforcement agencies to do their level best to bring Musharraf back to Pakistan and enforce the punishment.

It further directed that if he dies before then, "his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk (a square in front of the parliament building)...and hanged for three days."

The court also said all those who facilitated Musharraf's escape from Pakistan in March 2016 should also be brought to justice.

He was convicted by the three-member bench of subverting the Constitution in 2007 by imposing emergency rule and sacking Supreme Court judges who refused to accept it.

The former military chief came to power through coup in October in 1999 and ruled Pakistan until his 2008 resignation as president.