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UN experts urge Pakistan not to execute mentally ill prisoner

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Health Desk- Jan 14, 2019: UN experts on Sunday urged Pakistan to stay the “arbitrary execution” of a former police officer suffering from mental illness, just days before his sentence was to be carried out, reports AFP.

The appeal comes two days before Pakistan was scheduled to execute Khizar Hayat, a 55-year-old former police officer who was sentenced to death in 2003 for shooting a colleague.

“The imposition of capital punishment on individuals with psychosocial disabilities is a clear violation of Pakistan’s international obligations,” said Agnes Callamard, UN expert on extrajudicial executions and Catalina Devandas, the special rapporteur on disabled rights.

Hayat, who has spent more than 15 years in custody, has been kept in solitary confinement since 2012, they said, urging the government to halt the execution and questioning the veracity of his conviction.