Pak CJ stays hang­ing of men­tally-ill cop

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Pakistan’s Chief Jus­tice Saqib Nisar has sus­pended the ex­e­cu­tion of a men­tally ill for­mer po­lice­man, who was sched­uled to be hanged on Mon­day, me­dia re­ports said.

Chief Jus­tice Nisar sus­pended the ex­e­cu­tion of Khizar Hayat late on Satur­day night fol­low­ing ap­peals from the prisoner’s mother and hu­man rights ad­vo­cates call­ing for the sus­pen­sion of his cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. The sus­pen­sion came a day af­ter a dis­trict and ses­sions judge sched­uled Hayat’s ex­e­cu­tion on Jan­uary 15 at the Lahore’s Kot Lakh­pat Jail, the Ex­press Tri­bune re­ported.

Hayat was sen­tenced to death in 2003 over the shoot­ing of a fel­low of­fi­cer. He has spent nearly 15 years on death row. Hayat was first di­ag­nosed as a schiz­o­phrenic in 2008 by jail med­i­cal au­thor­i­ties, Dawn re­ported.

Jus­tice Nisar has also fixed the case for hear­ing on Jan­uary 14, fol­low­ing calls from the rights or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­view Hayat’s case in the court. “Tak­ing no­tice of the is­sue, the chief jus­tice sus­pended the sen­tence of the prisoner till fur­ther or­ders and fixed the mat­ter for hear­ing on Jan 14,” the pa­per said, quot­ing a state­ment from the Supreme Court.

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