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Police arrest former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf after he escaped from court

ISLAMABAD — Police say they have arrested former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power.

Police officer Mohammed Khalid said today that authorities arrested Musharraf overnight from his home on the outskirts of Islamabad. He fled there from court Thursday after an Islamabad High Court judge rejected his bail and ordered his arrest.

Khalid said Musharraf was presented before a judge at Islamabad District Court today who will decide whether he will be taken to jail or held under house arrest.

Local TV footage showed Musharraf entering the court in Islamabad amid high security.

Musharraf's lawyer Malik Qamar Afzal says the judge asked police to keep Musharraf in their custody.

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