Pakistan To Hang Mentally Ill Man For Murdering Cleric

By Adebayo Williams

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the hanging of a mentally challenged man, Imad Ali, for the murder of a cleric in 2002. Ali had been due to be hanged on 20 September but the court had delayed the execution for a week on medical grounds. A court official said the judges had refused an appeal for a further delay.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Pakistani authorities lifted a six-year unofficial moratorium on the death penalty, after Islamist militants killed over 150 people, mostly children, at a school in the north-western city of Peshawar in December 2014. More than 400 of an estimated 8,000 death row prisoners have since been hanged in the country, according to statistics compiled by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Pakistan is signatory of The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD), an international convention that guarantees the dignity of individuals with disabilities.

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