Pakistan Supreme Court dismisses Sarabjit’s mercy plea

June 24th, 2009 - 12:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, June 24 (IANS) Pakistan’s Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s review petition that challenged his death sentence.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Raja Fayyaz gave the verdict, the News International reported.

The Pakistan Supreme Court Monday adjourned till Wednesday the hearing in Sarabjit Singh’s plea against the death penalty handed to him for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in this country.

On March 9, 2006, a two-member Supreme Court bench had dismissed Singh’s petition against the sentence for his alleged involvement in carrying out four bomb blasts at Lahore in 1990 that killed 14 people.

Singh, a resident of Amritsar, has been on the death row for the past 18 years ever since his conviction in 1991. His family contests the sentence, saying Singh had strayed into Pakistan in a drunken state and had nothing to do with the blasts.

Singh, who is lodged in Kot Lakhpat jail, was to have been hanged April 1, 2008 but the authorities put this off after newly-installed Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani sought to examine the issue.

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