Lahore, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court sentenced convict on death row to death on Monday. He sentenced a convict on death row to death after determining that he had committed a crime while still a minor.
The Supreme Court’s decision was welcomed by a Pakistani judicial project. Pakistan is a rights organization that has fought a long-standing legal battle for Muhammad Anwar.
Anwar was arrested in 1993 after police accused him of participating in an attack that killed a villager. He was sentenced to death in 1998. He was 17 at the time of the attack, said lawyer Zainab Mahboob, expressing hope that Anwar would be released soon.
The court ruled that the time spent in prison would be considered imprisonment, Mahboob added. She added that while in prison, Anwar had suffered three heart attacks since 2013.
Under Pakistani law, a prisoner will be released if he has been convicted of a murder and has spent more than 14 years in prison after being convicted.
“Pakistan has steadily taken steps to ensure the fulfillment of its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Sarah Beral, a barrister of the Pakistan Judiciary Project. We welcomed this progress.
Last year, another court commuted Muhammad Ikubal’s death sentence for more than 20 years in a condemned prison for a crime committed as a minor. “But this raises the question of why children are sentenced to death when all national and international law explicitly prohibits the death penalty,” Bilal said.
Pakistan suspended executions between 2008 and 2014 under pressure from international human rights groups, but the Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar in December 2014, killing 150 people and almost all children. Because it was, the moratorium was canceled.
Since then, Pakistan has executed 515 prisoners. In domestic prisons, more than 4,200 people are on death row.