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Pakistan Court Refuses to Re-Open Juvenile Death Penalty Case


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Pakistan Court Refuses to Re-Open Juvenile Death Penalty Case

LONDON - Yesterday, the Islamabad High Court dismissed a petition lodged by the Justice Project Pakistan challenging the validity of a government inquiry into the case of Shafqat Hussain.

The inquiry – carried out by the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) – was launched after new evidence emerged suggesting that Shafqat, who was convicted on the basis of a 'confession' extracted through torture, was still a juvenile at the time of his conviction and sentence. The execution of juveniles is illegal under Pakistan’s domestic law and international law, as is the use of torture evidence.

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