Mentally ill death row prisoner Hayat passes away

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LAHORE: a mentally ill prisoner, Khizar Hayat, who spent 16 years of his life on death row, has passed away on the night of March 21.
According to statement of Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) issued on Friday, 56-year-old Hayat passed away at Jinnah Hospital Lahore, where he was admitted after he stopped taking food and medication.
The jail authorities reported him to be “severely anaemic and hypotensive”. He was fitted with a feeding tube by the doctors, but his condition kept deteriorating and he fell unconscious during his final hours.
Two months ago, former chief justice Saqib Nisar had suspended Hayat’s fourth execution warrant on January 14.
According to the JPP, Khizar was first diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia by jail authorities in 2008. His mental health record consistently referred to his delusions, psychosis, and his mental illness, and showed that he has been prescribed powerful anti-psychotic medication. The conditions of his incarceration made his mental illness progressively worse.

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