COURT DEFERS MUSHARRAF INDICTMENT

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RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Pakistan’s former-military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday failed to appear in court where he was to be indicted over the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto because of what police said were security concerns. Musharraf, who ruled the nuclear-armed state from 1999 to 2008, had been summoned to face charges of criminal conspiracy and the murder of Bhutto in December 2007. But police and his lawyer told the court that it was not safe enough to bring Musharraf to the court due to threats against his life. Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman adjourned the indictment until August 20.Indicting a former army chief would be an unprecedented move in a country ruled for more than half of its life by the military.

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