World Bulletin / News Desk
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf failed once again to appear at an Islambad court Thursday, where he is charged with high treason.
The former general is being treated for a heart condition at an army hospital.
A lawyer for Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf who is on trial for high treason said his client needs to go to the U.S. for further medical treatment following a heart scare.
The attorney, Anwar Mansoor Khan, said a doctor in the United States who has treated Musharraf in the past has advised that the former president and retired general be transferred to the U.S. following recent heart problems.
Musharraf's repeated failure to appear in court and his admission to the hospital — where he was taken Jan. 2 while on his way to a court hearing — has led to rampant speculation that he'll leave the country under the guise of seeking medical treatment.
Khan, one of Musharraf's defense lawyers, submitted a letter to the court from a doctor at the Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas. The letter, signed by the Director of Interventional Cardiology at the Texas center, Arjumand Hashmi, asked that Musharraf be transferred to the hospital.
Musharraf is currently a patient at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, just outside of Islamabad. He was taken there after suffering a "heart problem" on the way to court after failing to appear at previous court proceedings.
The court subsequently reviewed a medical report from the Rawalpindi hospital outlining his condition and ruled last week that he was to appear in court last Thursday. The hospital report, the judges concluded, did not reflect that Musharraf was "unable to appear before the court."
"He has not been discharged from the hospital, and continues to be under treatment," Khan told the court.
Musharraf, who seized power after toppling the elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a military coup on October 12, 1999, was forced to resign in August 2008 when the then ruling party Pakistan Peoples Party, and opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML) threatened to impeach him.
The federal government last month appointed a special court of three judges to try Musharraf for high treason under Article 6 for imposing a state of emergency in the country, and suspending the constitution on November 3, 2007. He is also facing trial in murder cases of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and former Chief Minister of Southwestern Baluchistan and a veteran politician, Nawab Akbar Bugti.Last Mod: 16 Ocak 2014, 13:03