Pakistan rejects Musharraf's request to go abroad

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — State-run television in Pakistan says the country's Interior Ministry has rejected a request from former President Pervez Musharraf to go abroad for medical treatment and to see his ailing mother.

Irfan Sadiqui, the prime minister's adviser on national affairs, told the PTV on Wednesday that the government rejected Musharraf's request as it could make it difficult for the government to bring him to court once he leaves the country.

The move came days after a court indicted Musharraf on five counts of high treason, charges that potentially carry the death penalty.

Musharraf, 70, took power in a 1999 coup but was forced to step down in 2008.

The high treason case stems from his decision to suspend the constitution on Nov. 3, 2007, and detain a number of judges.

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