Pakistani court remands Musharraf

AFP-JIJI

A Pakistani court on Friday slapped a three-day house arrest order on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the murder of Benazir Bhutto more than five years ago, a prosecutor said.

Musharraf, a former premier, is already under a two-week house arrest period that is set to expire May 4 over the sacking of judges when he imposed emergency rule in November 2007. The fresh order will run concurrently.

The retired general appeared in court in Rawalpindi for his remand hearing under tight security. He is accused of conspiracy to murder Bhutto, also a former prime minister, who died in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007.

It is the second of three cases, dating back to his 1999-2008 rule, for which Musharraf has been arrested since returning to Pakistan on March 24 after four years of self-imposed exile.