SC delays hanging of mentally-ill man

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad–Supreme Court on Monday delayed for one week the execution of a man who had been declared insane by government doctors, after rights groups urged the government to halt the hanging.
“A mentally ill prisoner who was due to be hanged Tuesday morning has received a seven-day stay from the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” Justice Project Pakistan, an independent rights group, said in a statement.
Imdad Ali had been scheduled to die at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday in a prison in the city of Vehari despite having been diagnosed with schizophrenia, it said.
“His execution was stayed pending a hearing on 27 September, but he could still be executed as early as next week,” it said.