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Pakistan's Musharraf in court over treason case

ISLAMABAD--Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf appeared Tuesday for the first time in front of a court tasked with deciding whether he committed high treason, a sharp blow for a man who was once the most powerful in Pakistan.

The appearance is also a blow to the prestige of the country's powerful military establishment. Pakistan has undergone three military-led coups since its inception in 1947, and the institution and its leaders have often been perceived as above the law.

Musharraf missed two previous appearances in the proceedings, which began on Dec. 24, 2013, due to security scares and was hospitalized on Jan. 2 after complaining of chest pains on the way to the Islamabad courthouse. His petition to be allowed to go abroad for treatment was rejected.

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