• Pakistan postpones hanging of disabled death row convict

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    LAHORE, Pakistan: Pakistan has postponed the execution of a paraplegic death row convict following appeals by human rights groups, officials said Tuesday. Abdul Basit, 43, who was convicted of murder in 2009, contracted tubercular meningitis in 2010 while in prison which left him paralyzed from the waist down, according to rights groups and jail officials. Basit was due to be hanged on Tuesday, but a court delayed the execution after Justice Project Pakistan, the human rights law firm handling his case, raised concerns about how the wheelchair-bound man would mount the scaffold. According to Justice Project Pakistan, prison guidelines require that a prisoner stands on the gallows and the rope’s length is determined by his standing height. They said in a statement last week that attempting a hang a wheelchair-bound convict may not work. Pakistan has hanged more than 200 convicts since ending a six-year moratorium on executions last December, after Taliban militants massacred more than 150 people — mostly children — at a school.

    AFP

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