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Posted at: Jun 17, 2019, 10:19 PM; last updated: Jun 17, 2019, 10:19 PM (IST)

Pakistan’s top court halts execution of mentally ill inmate

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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