Pakistani Supreme Court Commutes Death Sentence After 28 Years

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has commuted that death sentence of Muhammad Anwar, who spent 28 years in prison, after he was found to commit the crime while still a minor, on Monday.

Rights group Justice Project Pakistan who filed the petition to commute Anwar’s sentence said that the latter was a “severely physically ill juvenile offender.”

Anwar, who was then 17 years old was arrested in 1993 after he was found to be involved in the death of a villager.

Authorities sentenced him to death in 1998.

According to the group, Anwar has suffered severe heart problems during his time in prison which has left him partially paralyzed.

Executive director of Justice Project Pakistan Barrister Sarah Belal said, “Pakistan has steadily been taking steps to ensure the fulfilment of its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).”

“We must follow the age determination protocols highlighted in the Juvenile Justice System Act (JJSA) to ensure that all children are accorded the protection they are entitled to,” Belal added.

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