‘CJ stays execution of mentally-ill prisoner’

Islamabad: Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Monday stayed execution of mentally ill prisoner, Ghulam Abbas, who was to be hanged on June 18.

The order was issued on an application filed by Justice Project Pakistan-a human rights law firm after Punjab Home Department withdrew permission to allow an independent psychiatrist and two government doctors to visit Adiala Jail and evaluate Abbas.

Imprisoned in 2004, Abbas was sentenced to death on May 31, 2006, by a District and Sessions Court for stabbing a neighbour.

He has spent more than 13 years on death row and a fresh mercy petition has been filed requesting President to grant him a reprieve.

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