UN plea for stay of ex­e­cu­tion

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Geneva

– UN ex­perts yes­ter­day urged Pak­istan to stay the “ar­bi­trary ex­e­cu­tion” of an ex-po­lice of­fi­cer with a men­tal ill­ness, just days be­fore his sen­tence was to be car­ried out.

Khizar Hayat, a 55-yearold for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer was sen­tenced to death in 2003, for shoot­ing a col­league.

“The im­po­si­tion of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment on in­di­vid­u­als with psy­choso­cial dis­abil­i­ties is a clear vi­o­la­tion of Pak­istan’s in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions,” said Agnes Cal­la­mard, UN ex­pert on ex­tra­ju­di­cial ex­e­cu­tions, and Catalina De­van­das, the spe­cial rap­por­teur on dis­abled rights. “In his trial ... no ques­tions were asked about his men­tal health, al­though he was later di­ag­nosed with a men­tal con­di­tion.” – AFP

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