Pakistan finally hangs ‘teen’ killer Shafqat Hussain

(From Dawn)

Death-row prisoner Shafqat Hussain was hanged to death at the Karachi Central Prison in the wee hours of Tuesday, after his hanging was postponed on four previous occasions this year.

Shafqat's family and human rights activists had wanted his execution to be stayed, arguing that he was a juvenile when convicted

Shafqat’s family and human rights activists had wanted his execution to be stayed, arguing that he was a juvenile when convicted

Shafqat was arrested and sentenced to death in 2004 for the kidnapping and involuntary murder of a seven-year-old boy who lived in a Karachi apartment building where Shafqat worked as a security guard.

All courts in the land had turned down his appeals and the Supreme Court threw out a review petition that was the first to raise the matter of Shafqat’s juvenility at the time of arrest, maintaining that this line of defence should have been introduced at the trial court level. Read More

 



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