Islamabad High Court rejects Shafqat Hussain’s plea seeking judicial commission to determine his age
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Islamabad High Court on Monday rejected the petition filed by Shafqat Hussain’s counsel seeking establishment of a judicial commission to determine the death-row convict’s age.
As per reports, during the proceedings Shafqat Hussain’s counsel claimed that his client was a juvenile at the time of conviction. Justice Athar Minallah had reserved the verdict on Friday after hearing the arguments of both sides. The court gave its verdict today and said that the petition is inadmissible.
Earlier, Hussain had filed a petition in the IHC urging requesting the court to form a commission to determine his age. The petition stated that the trial court in 2004 in the child murder case did not consider the age factor in its verdict.
Hussain was arrested and sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in 2004 for the kidnapping and murder of a seven-year-old boy in 2001. His execution has been delayed three times over confustion as to what his age was at the time of crime.