Pakistan hangs 12 in largest execution since moratorium lifted
PAKISTAN hanged 12 convicts yesterday, the Interior Ministry said, amid a growing uproar over plans to execute a man whose lawyers say was 14 when he was tortured into a confession of killing a child.
Yesterday’s hangings, including one man whose lawyers say he was arrested when he was 16, were the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December.
According to Reuters report, the death sentence cannot be used against a defendant under the age of 18 when the crime was committed.
Testimony obtained by torture is inadmissible. Pakistan says the ages of the defendants whose lawyers say they were juveniles is unclear.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on December 17, a day after Pakistani Taliban gunmen attacked a school and killed 134 students and 19 adults.
The killings put pressure the government to do more to tackle the Islamist insurgency.
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