Pakistan’s top court halts execution of mentally ill inmate

ISLAMABAD: 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.

Pakistan’s top court halts execution of mentally ill inmate

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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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