venerdì 21 agosto 2015

In Pakistan Abdul Basit paralysed murder convict to be hung while in wheelchair

The Indipendent
A disabled man in Pakistan faces the possibility of being hanged in his wheelchair, after he lost the use of his legs due to tuberculosis.
Abdul Basit
43-year-old Abdul Basit was convicted of murder in 2009. While in prison in 2010, he developed tuberculosis.

According to human rights campaigning group Reprieve, who say his execution would be a "cruel and violent spectacle", Basit received improper care after he contracted the illness, leaving him paralysed from the waist down.

A medical report on his health, seen by The Daily Telegraph, described his disability as a "complication of tuberculous meningitis."

The report, signed by two doctors, says that patients with his condition are "usually permanently disabled and there is almost no chance of any recovery."

"He is likely to remain bed bound for the rest of his life."

His execution was said to be imminent after a warrant was issued on 29 July - however, his legal team managed to obtain a stay of execution.

A final hearing on 25 August will be held, to decide whether he can be put to death.

His lawyers, from Justice Project Pakistan, say that hanging a man in a wheelchair is a breach of regulations. They also claim that since he cannot support his own weight, it is impossible to accurately measure the length of rope required to hang him.

They say that hanging him with a rope of the wrong length would give him an "appalling death".

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