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Originally published January 31, 2014 at 6:35 AM | Page modified January 31, 2014 at 8:16 AM

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Pakistan court won't let Musharraf leave for medical treatment

A defense lawyer for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf says a Pakistani court hearing his high treason case has rejected a request that he be allowed to go abroad for treatment.


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ISLAMABAD —

A defense lawyer for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf says a Pakistani court hearing his high treason case has rejected a request that he be allowed to go abroad for treatment.

Mohammed Ali Saif says the judges Friday ruled that Musharraf must appear in court on Feb. 7.

The court also issued a warrant for Musharraf's arrest, but it is "bailable" -- meaning he can avoid jail by applying for bail and depositing a bond of 2.5 million rupees (about $20,000).

Musharraf is currently a patient at a military hospital near Islamabad.

He seized power in a 1999 coup, but was forced to step down in 2008 and later left the country. The high treason case stems from his 2007 decision to impose a state of emergency and detain judges.



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