Stay against executions: LHC takes up govt’s review plea today

Thursday, December 25th, 2014 12:00:10 by

RAWALPINDI: The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench has issued notices to the counsel for five men condemned to death who were granted stays of execution on Monday, to argue the case today (Wednesday).

The court had stayed the scheduled executions of five death-row prisoners – convicted by a military court for a 2012 attack on an army camp in Gujrat that killed seven military officials. The convicts – Ehsan Azeem, Asif Idrees, Amir Yousaf, Kamran Aslam, and Umar Nadeem – were scheduled to be sent to the gallows in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail on Monday.

Immediately after the order, the federal government filed a review appeal against the decision.

On Tuesday, the court issued notices to the attorneys of the convicts to argue the instant application on Wednesday. Justice Arshad Mahmood Tabassum of the LHC had also directed the military authorities on Monday to provide the convicts with copies of the military court’s proceedings and judgment by Wednesday.

The court will resume hearings today.

Meanwhile, a hearing on an acquittal application filed by former federal health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin regarding the ephedrine quota case was deferred after a member of the division bench requested recusal from the bench as he had been a trial judge in the same case at a lower court.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2014.

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