Chief jus­tice stays ex­e­cu­tion of men­tally ill po­lice­man

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN - Ex­press Tri­bune Dawn

is­lam­abad — Supreme Court 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 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 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,

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 Jan­uary 14,” the paper said, quot­ing a state­ment from the Supreme Court.

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

In a let­ter, Hayat’s mother re­quested the chief jus­tice to visit the Kot Lakh­pat jail ward for men­tally ill pris­on­ers and in­ves­ti­gate what medicines were be­ing given to her son.

She urged that Hayat’s med­i­cal records be in­ves­ti­gated to de­ter­mine why his treat­ment was not be­ing done prop­erly and why his con­di­tion was wors­en­ing day by day.

Mean­while, a two-mem­ber bench com­pris­ing Jus­tice Man­soor Ah­mad Ma­lik and Jus­tice Tariq Ma­sood will hear an ap­peal for the sus­pen­sion of death sen­tence of Hayat, the re­port said. —

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