HR: (Amnesty Int’l ask Pakistan to stop execution of Shafqat Hussain)

June 7, 2015 Off By Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: Amnesty International asked Pakistan on Monday to must immediately halt the imminent execution of a man whose lawyers maintain that he was a juvenile at the time of his alleged crime and who claims to have been tortured into a “confession”.

The Amnesty International in a press statement said that the case of Shafqat Hussain, who was convicted of and sentenced to death for kidnapping and involuntary manslaughter in 2014, has caused enormous controversy in Pakistan.

His execution has been stayed three times, and on the last occasion on May 06 was stopped at the eleventh hour after a public outcry, pending an investigation into his age at the time of the crime and allegations that he had been subjected to torture. But despite serious questions about the fairness of this investigation, Shafqat Hussain is now set to be sent to the gallows on June 9 today), the statement said.

“The farce around Shafqat Hussain’s execution has gone on for far too long – it is time to end it once and for all. The state has failed to prove definitively that Shafqat was over 18 years of age at the time of his alleged crimes. Sentencing a juvenile offender to death, let alone executing him, is a clear violation of both international and Pakistani law,” said David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director.