Islamabad, June 17
A rights group says Pakistan’s Supreme Court has halted the execution of a mentally ill prisoner.
In a statement, the Justice Project Pakistan said Monday’s court order halting the execution of Ghulam Abbas, 36, was announced by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
The development came a day after the group said Abbas was being treated with strong anti-psychotic drugs by prison authorities and that the man had a family history of mental illness.
Abbas was sentenced to death in 2006 for fatally stabbing a neighbour in 2004.
He was scheduled to be hung Tuesday at a jail the city of Rawalpindi.
Pakistan is a signatory to international conventions that bar the execution of mentally ill prisoners. — AP
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