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Pakistan Heads for Breach of International Law After Supreme Court Declines to Intervene in Hanging of Mentally Ill Prisoner


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Pakistan Heads for Breach of International Law After Supreme Court Declines to Intervene in Hanging of Mentally Ill Prisoner

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Pakistan's Supreme Court today dismissed an appeal brought by lawyers for a severely mentally ill prisoner, who now faces execution in as little as a week's time.

Lawyers for Imdad Ali, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, argued that he should not be executed as to do so would violate both Pakistani and international law. Mr Ali came within hours of execution last week, despite prison doctors having assessed him as being "insane", including on the night before the execution.