World Bulletin / News Desk
A court in Pakistan has formally indicted former military dictator Pervez Musharraf over his failure to prevent the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhuttoin 2007, the public prosecutor in the closely watched case said on Tuesday.
"He should be tried," the prosecutor, Mohammad Azhar, told reporters after a brief hearing in the city of Rawalpindi during which the three charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and facilitation of murder were read out to Musharraf.
Musharraf, who made no public remarks during his appearance, denied all the charges against him, Azhar said. Journalists were not allowed in the court room.
Hundreds of police were deployed along the main road leading to the court as well as on rooftops as Musharraf's car arrived.
On Aug. 6, the court delayed the widely expected indictment because it was too dangerous for Musharraf to attend the proceedings due to threats to his life.
Musharraf had been in a self-imposed exile until earlier this year. He has been held in house arrest since his return to Pakistan in March.
The court heard Musharraf deny all charges against him. The case was adjourned until 27 August.
Musharraf returned to Pakistan to seek a political comeback, but his plans fell by the wayside following his disqualification from the May 11 elections.
Former chief of staff Musharraf staged a bloodless coup d’etat in 1999 and overthrew then and current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Bhutto was killed in 2007 while returning from a campaign rally in the run-up to the January 2008 parliamentary elections. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for her assassination, but Bhutto family rigorously denied al Qaeda was the sole perpetrator.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2013, 11:09