Pakistan: Former President Musharraf Charged with Opponent’s Murder
Former president and military ruler of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf has been charged with murder over the killing of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
According to the public prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar “He was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy for murder and facilitation for murder.”
Musharraf has had to face a string of charges, including treason, since returning to Pakistan in March following four years abroad. He has been detained under house arrest since April 19th.
The former president appeared briefly before an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi. He denied the charges, which were read out to him.
Benazir Bhutto was killed in a combined bomb and gun attack while campaigning for elections, which her Pakistan People’s Party went on to win. At the time Musharraf’s government blamed the country’s Taliban, but Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud denied that his organisation had any involvement in the attack.