Execution of Catholic in Pakistan Provokes Outcry Over Juvenile Death Sentence

by QASIM NAUMAN | The Wall Street Journal  |  published on June 11, 2015

ISLAMABAD — In the early hours of Wednesday, Pakistani authorities executed 37-year-old Aftab Bahadur Masih, his lawyers and a prison official said. Mr. Masih was sentenced to death for murder, but his lawyers say he was only 15 years old at the time, and that police tortured witnesses into implicating him.

Mr. Masih, a Catholic, was hanged at the Central Jail in Lahore at 4:30 a.m. local time, his lawyers and an official at the prison said. According to Mr. Masih’s legal team, the Lahore High Court had denied a stay of execution on Tuesday.

He had been on death row for nearly 23 years, convicted for a murder committed in 1992.

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