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Pakistan sets execution date for mentally ill man

Pakistan sets execution date for mentally ill man

A Pakistani court has issued a death warrant for a schizophrenic man, his lawyers said, months after the country’s top court halted the execution of another mentally ill prisoner.
Khizar Hayat, a 55-year-old former po­lice officer, was sentenced to death in 2003 for shooting a colleague.
Lahore prison authorities pressed for the death warrant, which was granted by a sessions court, and the execution has been set for January 17.
The United Nations has previous­ly called on Pakistan to protect mental­ly ill inmates, singling out Hayat as hav­ing “psychosocial disabilities”.
The Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), which is managing his case, said it had filed an appeal against the court order.
 

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