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Musharraf faces arrest if he returns

POLICE say if Pakistan's former president returns to the country, he could be arrested for ordering the arrest of judges while in power.

Pervez Musharraf imposed a state of emergency in 2007, firing the chief justice and dozens of judges, apparently to avoid challenges to his rule.

His party lost a 2008 election, and he moved to London this year after the ruling coalition forced him to resign.

Police official Hakim Khan said yesterday a case has been opened against Musharraf who faces up to three years in prison if convicted of illegally detaining the judges.

The case is Musharraf's latest legal woe. His emergency rule measures have been declared unconstitutional and he could face treason charges.


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