Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was charged Tuesday in connection to the 2007 assassination of his rival, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Musharraf has long maintained his innocence and insists the charges are politically motivated. Six others were charged—four suspected militants and two senior police officers—and a court date was set for August 27. Musharraf returned earlier this year from self-imposed exile, in the hopes of running for office, but has since been placed under house arrest. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf ousted in 1999 in a bloodless coup, intends to try Musharraf for treason.