Pak chief jus­tice stays ex­e­cu­tion of men­tally ill ex-cop

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has sus­pended the ex­e­cu­tion of a men­tally ill for­mer po­lice­man sen­tenced to death in 2003 for killing a fel­low of­fi­cer.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment, Chief Jus­tice Saqib Nisar in the city of Lahore also or­dered a new hear­ing in the case of Khizar Hayat, whose ex­e­cu­tion had been sched­uled for Jan­uary 15.

Hayat was first di­ag­nosed with schizophre­nia by prison au­thor­i­ties and a court-as­signed med­i­cal board back in 2008 and in 2015.

The chief jus­tice said on Satur­day that Hayat’s case was an is­sue of hu­man rights and needed to be heard ur­gently.

A two-judge panel will hear Hayat’s mother’s pe­ti­tion for his life on Mon­day.

Jus­tice Project Pakistan, which cam­paigns against the death sen­tence, wel­comed the top court’s de­ci­sion.

The sus­pen­sion came a day af­ter a dis­trict and ses­sions judge sched­uled Hayat’s ex­e­cu­tion at the Lahore’s Kot Lakh­pat Jail.

Hayat has spent nearly 15 years on death row.

In 2010, the jail med­i­cal of­fi­cer rec­om­mended that Hayat needed spe­cialised treat­ment and should be shifted to the psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity, but it was never done.

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