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International Religious Figures Call for Mercy for Death-Row Pakistani


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International Religious Figures Call for Mercy for Death-Row Pakistani

Religious leaders from the UK, US and Pakistan have called on Pakistan to halt plans to execute a man who was convicted as a child, and who key witnesses have now testified is innocent.

Aftab Bahadur Masih was arrested at the age of 15, and tortured by police into giving false evidence. His conviction was rushed through the court under now-discredited ‘Speedy Trials’ legislation, and was based on the testimony of two witnesses – both of who have since recanted their evidence, testifying that Aftab is innocent, and that they were tortured by police into giving statements.