Islamabad: Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf was released Wednesday, two days after a court granted him bail in the murder case of the deputy chief of Islamabad’s Red Mosque, who was killed in a military raid in 2007, his lawyer said.
Musharraf had already got bail in three cases, including the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Additional Session Judge in Islamabad, Wajid Ali, earlier issued written orders for Musharraf’s release after his defense lawyers deposited two surety bonds, each of Rs.100, 000, reported Xinhua.
Musharraf, 70, was formally arrested Oct 10 in the murder case of Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the senior cleric of the Red Mosque, weeks after Ghazi’s son Haroon Rasheed registered the murder charge against him with the police in Islamabad.
Police personnel were removed from the Islamabad farmhouse of Musharraf, where he had been detained since April, as the release order was delivered to the jail officials deployed there.
Musharraf’s lawyer, Ahmed Reza Kasuri, confirmed to the media that the former president has been set free.