Musharraf placed under house arrest for connection to Bhutto murder


Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf prior to speaking at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace October 26, 2011 in Washington, DC.


Alex Wong

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military ruler, was placed under a three-day house arrest Friday for his connection to the murder of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. 

Musharraf was formally arrested on Thursday, and appeared in court in Rawalpindi Friday. He is accused of conspiring to kill Bhutto, who was gunned down in December 2007, Al Jazeera reported. He allegedly failed to give the former leader adequate security protection. 

"We requested a three-day remand of retired general Pervez Musharraf and judge Chaudhry Habib-ur Rehman gave a three-day remand and adjourned the case until Tuesday," prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told Agence France-Presse.

"However, we can present him to the court even before Monday, if we complete the investigation," he added. 

The ex-general is already under a two-week house arrest for dismissing judges during his imposed emergency rule in 2007, which extends until May 4. This most recent order will be served concurrently. 

Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month after four years in exile, and reportedly denied an offer from authorities to return to exile, The Asian Age reported Friday

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