Musharraf Turns Himself In

Former leader faces 2 days of house arrest
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2013 4:29 AM CDT
Pakistan's Musharraf Arrested
Pakistani police officers stand guard at an entrance to the residence of Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad, Pakistan Friday, April 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Former Pakistan leader Pervez Musharraf has been put under house arrest for two days following a court order yesterday, the BBC reports. The order was related to his 2007 effort to place judges under house arrest. Musharraf turned himself in this morning and sought house arrest instead of jail, a lawyer says, noting that the ex-ruler is due in an anti-terror court in two days. Seeking judges' detention could be deemed an attack on Pakistan. The move against Musharraf marks the toughest stance the courts have yet taken against one of the country's former military leaders, Reuters notes. He plans to launch a Supreme Court challenge against the order. (More Pervez Musharraf stories.)

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