Pakistan ‘postpones execution’ of man convicted as a child

March 19, 2015 6:59 AM

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Pakistan ‘postpones execution’ of man convicted as a child

Pakistan has stayed the execution of a man charged as a child with murder for three days just hours before he was due to hang, media said on Thursday, amid emotional appeals to the government for mercy.

Lawyers for Shafqat Hussain say he was just 14 in 2004, when he was burnt with cigarettes and had fingernails removed until he confessed to the killing of a child. He was due to have been hanged on Thursday.

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