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Ex-ruler Musharraf in Pakistan court for hearing

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani general who ruled the country for nearly a decade before being forced to step down is in an anti-terrorism court for a hearing.

Pervez Musharraf entered the courthouse on Saturday morning surrounded by heavy security.

He was arrested the day before in a case related to his decision to sack and detain a number of judges in 2007 after declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution.

A judge has said that decision amounts to terrorism and the case has been sent to an anti-terrorism court.

Musharraf returned last month from four years in self-imposed exile to contest Pakistan's May 11 election. But he was greeted with little popular support and was disqualified from running in the election. A judge on Thursday ordered his arrest.

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