Mentally ill Khizar Hayat scheduled for execution in Lahore
LAHORE 23rd July 2015 The death warrant of mentally-ill Khizar Hayat have been issued by the Session Court, Lahore. He is now scheduled to be executed on the 28th of July 2015, making him one of the first to be executed since the end of Ramzan.
A former police officer sentenced to death for murder in 2003, Khizar has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and has been held in the prison’s hospital since 2012 owing to his worsening psychiatric state. Last month, the Lahore High Court stayed an earlier death warrant after reviewing jail records that clearly document his severe mental illness and clearly state that Khizar “is suffering from active symptoms of severe psychosis.”
During his last meeting with his family before last month’s stayed execution, Khizar had no idea that he was about to be hanged. Instead he believed that he would soon be taken home. Despite this, jail authorities continue to insist that he can be executed, claiming he has “somewhat orientation in time and place.”
Under both Pakistani and international law, mentally ill prisoners cannot be executed.
Sarah Belal, Director, Justice Project Pakistan said: "Khizar Hayat's severe mental illness is well-documented - the jail's own records admit 'severe psychosis'. It is deplorable, then, that the our government still plans to hang him. Executing mentally ill people flies in the face of Pakistani and international law – Khizar's execution must be halted and he should be transferred to a hospital immediately."
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