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Lawyer: Musharraf Free to Leave Pakistan

FILE - Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, center, is seen after appearing in court in Rawalpindi, April 17, 2013.
Pakistan's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, after being granted bail, is free to leave the country, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Musharraf's lawyer, Ahmed Raza Kasuri, told the Reuters news agency that Musharraf could fly to Dubai as early as Thursday.

In a TV interview, Kasuri also said Musharraf's name was not on the ECL (Exit Control List), the Interior Ministry's register of people barred from leaving the country.

But Pakistani media reports said there was a petition in a Pakistani court urging it to put the former Pakistani leader's name on the ECL to stop him from leaving the country.

Musharraf, who has been under house arrest for six months, has been granted bail in three major cases against him.

One of the cases against former president Musharraf is murder in connection with the assassination of opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after leaving a political rally in Rawalpindi in December 2007.

Musharraf has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include murder, conspiracy to murder and facilitation of murder.

The former leader has blamed Bhutto's assassination on Taliban militants and said he warned her of militant threats to her safety.

Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup and ruled as president until resigning under threat of impeachment by his opponents in 2008 and going into exile.

He returned to Pakistan in March after nearly four years in self-imposed exile in a bid to resurrect his political career.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.