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In this April 20, 2013, photo, Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Anjum Naveed/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
In this April 20, 2013, photo, Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Anjum Naveed/AP)

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military ruler, is supposed to be in court facing charges of high treason.

But so far he has failed to show up for three scheduled hearings. He missed the latest hearing because he had chest pains, according to his lawyer.

Musharraf ruled Pakistan between 1999 and 2008, but his bid to make a political comeback has been dogged by corruption allegations.

He spent much of last year under house arrest.

The BBC's Owen Bennett Jones joins Here & Now’Robin Young to discuss the Musharraf trial.

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This segment aired on January 3, 2014.

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