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Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of high treason. The case was brought against the ex-president for imposing a state of emergency in the country in 2007, suspending the constitution and detaining politicians and judges as his grip on power began to slip.
Pakistan's anti-terrorism court sentenced Musharraf to death on charges of high treason and subverting the constitution, a senior government official said.

The former dictator is now living in self-exile in Dubai and was found guilty in his absence despite attempts to halt the proceedings while insisting he was innocent. Musharraf, now aged 76, was an army chief when he seized power in a 1999 coup.

He ruled until 2008 when he was forced to resign under the threat of impeachment, beginning a period of self-exile in London until he returned to Pakistan.

The high treason case was brought against him by ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and began in 2014. The charges stem from Musharraf's imposition of a state of emergency in 2007, when he was facing growing opposition to his rule.
Under the emergency, all civil liberties, human rights and democratic processes were suspended, from November 2007 to February 2008.

He resigned later in 2008, after a political party that backed him fared poorly in a general election, and he has spent much of the time since then abroad.

The final years of his rule was marked by struggles with the judiciary stemming from his wish to remain head of the army while also being president.

Last month, Musharraf issued a video recording from a hospital bed in Dubai in which he said he was not being given a fair hearing in the case that was filed by the government in 2013.

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