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Death-Row Paraplegic in Pakistan Pleads for Mercy as Stay of Execution Expires


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Death-Row Paraplegic in Pakistan Pleads for Mercy as Stay of Execution Expires

WASHINGTON - Abdul Basit, who is paralyzed from the waist down, has had his execution halted at the last minute three separate times in the past year, after his lawyers raised concerns that his execution could be illegal. Pakistan’s Supreme Court has said Basit’s execution must comply with the country’s Prison Rules, which set Pakistan’s execution procedure – however, the rules contain no provisions for the hanging of prisoners in wheelchairs.

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