March 31, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A court in Pakistan on Monday charged former president Pervez Musharraf with high treason. If convicted, the former leader could face the death penalty. Musharraf pleaded not guilty to each of the charges against him, including unlawfully suspending the constitution, firing Pakistan's chief ...[read more]
November 18, 2013
by Max Slater
Pakistan officials on Monday filed a request with the nation's Supreme Court, asking the court to start treason proceedings against former president Pervez Musharraf. The government contends that Musharraf committed treason by suspending the constitution and imposed emergency rule in 2007. ...[read more]
June 11, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
A Pakistani court on Tuesday granted bail to former president Pervez Musharraf in the case of his 2007 detention of senior judges. The detention came after Musharraf imposed emergency rule in Pakistan. Musharraf, however, must remain under house arrest due to an additional case pending against him ...[read more]
May 23, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court (ATC) refused Wednesday to grant bail to former president Pervez Musharraf over the detention of judges in 2007 when he imposed emergency rule. Musharraf has been detained since April 19 at his Islamabad farmhouse for the detention charges as well as conspiracy to ...[read more]
March 9, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 9, 2007, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for alleged misconduct and misuse of authority. General Musharraf seized executive power following the country's third military coup in 1999 and declared emergency rule in 2007, which the ...[read more]
March 3, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On March 3, 2010, an East Timor court sentenced 24 individuals involved with the 2008 attempted assassination of the president and prime minister of the country. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao escaped unscathed from the act while President Jose Ramos-Horta was critically injured. Many of the ...[read more]
October 30, 2012
by Sarah Posner
The Bahrain government banned all protests on Tuesday, threatening legal action against any groups that initiate demonstrations. The Interior Ministry announced this emergency rule to stop the persistent anti-government protests. This represents the broadest order since martial law was enacted ...[read more]
November 4, 2011
by Cody Harding
On November 4, 2007, over 2000 Pakistani lawyers and law students gathered at the High Court in Lahore to protest President Pervez Musharraf's proclamation of emergency rule. The proclamation allowed for suspension of the constitution and dismissal of the Supreme Court. Initially peaceful, the ...[read more]
August 27, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On August 27, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pakistan rejected a petition seeking treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf, finding that the applicant lacked standing and that the Supreme Court was not the appropriate forum for such a petition. The petition was filed by Senator Syed ...[read more]
April 21, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday ended the country's 48-year-old state of emergency, following the legislature's approval of the bill earlier this week. In several decrees issued Thursday, al-Assad also abolished the Supreme State Security Court (SSSC), developed in the wake of the ...[read more]

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