Police arrest former Pakistani ruler Musharraf

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

4/19/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS
In this Monday, April 15, 2013 photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives under tight security to address his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. Musharraf and his security team pushed past policemen and sped away from a court in the country’s capital on Thursday after his bail was revoked in a case in which he is accused of treason. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
In this Monday, April 15, 2013 photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives under tight security to address his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. Musharraf and his security team pushed past policemen and sped away from a court in the country’s capital on Thursday after his bail was revoked in a case in which he is accused of treason. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

ISLAMABAD — Police 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 on Friday 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.