posted at 5:46 pm on April 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
This is also a big deal, at least in Pakistan, which has never held military dictators to account before now. Of course, until Pervez Musharraf, none have returned while at risk of it happening, either:
Pakistani police arrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Friday to face allegations he overstepped his powers while in office, marking a dramatic break with a political culture in which military rulers have remained untouchable.
The one-time army chief had hoped to rekindle a degree of influence by standing in a general election in May, but has instead become ensnared in a showdown with judges who fought bruising battles with him while he was still in office.
A magistrate had raised the stakes earlier on Friday when he ordered Musharraf be placed under house arrest for two days before he is due to appear in court on allegations of illegally detaining judges during a crackdown on the judiciary in 2007.
His lawyers are still hoping to get the arrest warrants and charges overturned, but given Musharraf’s battles with the judiciary, I doubt the courts will be in any rush to show mercy.