SHC asks jail official to treat death row prisoner according to jail rules

August 18, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed jail superintendent Hyderabad Central Prison to ensure that death row inmate, Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh, who was convicted in US journalist kidnapping and murder case, is provided all facilities as per penitentiary rules.

The direction came on a petition filed by Sadia Rauf, who moved the court against solitary confinement of her spouse in Hyderabad Central Prison.

Accused Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh was found guilty of masterminding the murder of 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and was sentenced to death by anti-terrorism court in Hyderabad in 2002. While co-accused Salman Saqib Shaikh, Fahad Naseem and Muhammad Adil got a 25-year-old imprisonment sentence.

Pearl was abducted in Karachi on January 23, 2002 while he was researching a story about Islamist militants. Later, he was decapitated by his captors.

The woman petitioner said that her spouse was being meted out inhuman treatment in the prison and kept in solitary confinement by the prison authorities in violation of the prison rules. She said that jail authorities had deprived his spouse of facilities such as regular walk, sitting in courtyard, exercise, reading, meeting his family etc.

Petitioner said that since the appeal against conviction of her husband by ATC was pending disposal in SHC, he shall not be treated as condemned prisoner as per rules.

She requested the court to direct prison authorities to remove her husband from solitary confinement and allow his facilities.

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