Stop the Execution of Mirza Tahir Hussain

Mirza Tahir Hussain is due to be executed on 3rd JAugust 2006 following what Amnesty International believes to be an unfair trial. Mirza Tahir Hussain, who has been in detention for 18 years, has exhausted all possibilities of appeal and a mercy petition to the President has been rejected. Mirza Tahir Hussain was tried and convicted of murdering a taxi driver while travelling to the village of Bhubar from Rawalpindi, Punjab Province, on 17 December 1988. The taxi driver reportedly stopped the car and produced a gun, and Mirza Tahir Hussain, who was 18 years old at the time, was reportedly physically and sexually assaulted by the taxi driver. In the scuffle that followed, the gun went off, and the taxi driver was fatally injured. Mirza Tahir Hussain was sentenced to death in 1989 at the Sessions Court in Islamabad. Following an appeal, this sentence was dismissed by the Lahore High Court, which note discrepancies in the case. The case was returned to the Sessions Court where Mirza Tahir Hussain was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1994. Following a second appeal, the Lahore High Court then dismissed this sentence in 1996, and Mirza Tahir Hussain was acquitted of all charges against him. A week later, Mirza Tahir Hussain\'s case was referred to the Federal Shariat Court on charges from the original case, including robbery involving murder, which fall under Islamic offences against property law. The Federal Shariat Court\'s duties include reviewing laws to ensure they conform with Islamic doctrine and dealing with appeals of cases tried under Islamic Law. The entire case against Mirza Tahir Hussain was reopened, and in 1998, he was sentenced to death by the Federal Shariat Court, despite their acknowledgment that no robbery had taken place due to the taxi being hired. The death penalty sentence by the Federal Shariat Court was based on a split two to one judgement, with the dissenting judge strongly recommending that Mirza Tahir Hussain be acquitted. Amnesty International believes that Mirza Tahir Hussain has not received a fair trial due to the contradictory statements of the different courts. Also, the Islamic provision under which he was tried requires that the death penalty should only be imposed if reliable eyewitness accounts or a confession to the court are submitted. In this case, neither was obtained. The Supreme Court upheld the judgement in 2003 and dismissed an appeal in 2004. A petition for clemency was sent to the President in 2005 but was declined. The family of the taxi driver have refused compensation offered by the family of Mirza Tahir Hussain, as is permitted under Islamic law, which could allow Mirza Tahir Hussain to be pardoned. UPDATE!! Although cleared of the murder of the taxi driver by an ordinary court in 1992, an Islamic court reversed the decision and sentenced Mirza Tahir Hussain to death. Pakistan\'s Federal Shariah Court cannot be overruled by President General Pervez Musharraf who has previously granted two stays of execution to allow Hussains

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This petition is being raised by The Kenny Richey Campaign, using the text of Amnesty International\'s urgent action. see www.kennyrichey.org

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Address your appeals to President, General Pervez Musharraff, Pakistan Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan FAX 0092 51 9221 422 email via the Presidents website. http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk Please send COPIES of your appeals to: Her Excellency Dr Maleeha Lodhi, High Commision for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 25-36 Lowndes Square London SW1X 9JN Fax 020 7664 9244 Website www.pakmission-uk.gov.pk PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY Some news articles on this case. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_yorkshire/4995652.stm http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/faisal_bodi/2006/05/rough_justice_for_british_teen.htm

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