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Prisons dept reply sought in ‘paranoid’ inmate case

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought a reply from the Punjab prisons department on an application for staying implementation of death penalty of a ‘mentally-ill’ prisoner and his shifting to hospital.

Iqbal Bano, mother of condemned prisoner Khizar Hayat, filed the application saying her son had been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

The petitioner contended through her counsel that the high court previously stayed the execution of her son and formed a medical board to determine his mental health. She said the board confirmed that her son was mentally ill and not fit for execution.

However, she said the jail authorities had been approaching the sessions court for the issuance of black warrants of Hayat despite the matter of the death penalty was pending before the high court.

She asked the court to suspend the implementation of the death penalty and direct the jail authorities to shift her son to hospital.

A division bench headed by Justice Shahid Hameed Dar issued notice to the prison department by Dec 8.

Hayat was a police constable and arrested for killing a fellow cop by Shadbagh police in October 2001. The trial court handed him down death sentence in 2003.

courtesy : dawn news



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