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Pakistan executes man who was minor when convicted

Pakistan executes man who was minor when convicted

Pakistan has executed a man who was 15 when he was sentenced to death for murder and who rights groups say was tortured into confessing.

Aftab Bahadur was hanged in Lahore’s jail early on Wednesday morning, prison officials say.

Bahadur, a Christian, had been convicted of a double murder in the north-eastern city in 1992.

The death sentence could be passed on 15-year-olds at the time, although the minimum age was raised to 18 in 2000.

“This is a truly shameful day for Pakistan’s justice system. Aftab was subjected to almost every injustice conceivable,” said Maya Foa, director from international human rights group Reprieve.

“To the last, Pakistan refused even to grant his lawyers the few days needed to present evidence which would have proved his innocence. This is a travesty of justice, and tragedy for all those who knew Aftab,” she added.

Reprieve said Bahadur had been convicted on the basis of testimony from two eyewitnesses. They both later retracted their statements, saying they were made under torture.

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