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Pakistan’s Musharraf fails to make court appearance in Bhutto trial

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On the day Pakistan's ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf was to be indicted in court over the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Musharraf did not show up.

Musharraf, who has been under house arrest at his villa on the edge of the capital Islamabad since April 19, is believed to have failed to make a court appearance on Tuesday due to security reasons.

Police and his lawyer told the court in Rawalpindi that it was not safe enough to bring Musharraf to the court due to threats against his life, according to AFP news agency.

The indictment was adjourned until August 20 and Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman ordered Musharraf to appear then, AFP reported.

Musharraf, who ruled the nuclear-armed state from 1999-2008, is facing charges of criminal conspiracy and the murder of Bhutto in December 2007.

Charging a former army chief would be an unprecedented move in a country ruled for more than half of its life by the military.

(With AFP)