ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Police arrived at the luxury farmhouse of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad and took him into custody on charges of illegally detaining dozens of judges while in power.
It was unclear exactly what time the former Pakistani general was arrested at his residence, but he was later taken under heavy security before a judicial magistrate early Friday morning -- a routine step in the arrest process under Pakistani law.
It was unknown whether Musharraf, 69, would be taken to jail or allowed to return to his farmhouse and remain there under house arrest. Federal authorities had been considering the possibility of designating Musharraf’s compound in Islamabad as a "sub-jail," effectively putting him under house arrest.
Musharraf’s arrest follows a dramatic series of events Thursday, when he failed to turn himself in to police outside the Islamabad High Court building after a high court judge had revoked his bail and ordered his arrest. As Musharraf left the courthouse, the team of commandos assigned to him pushed aside local police and whisked him away in a black sports utility vehicle to his heavily fortified compound on the outskirts of the capital.
Lawyers at the courthouse at the time said it was clear that Musharraf was trying to escape arrest and that his security team had kept one Islamabad police officer from taking the former general into custody. Musharraf’s aides denied that was the case and said he would have surrendered had police tried to arrest him.