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Supporters for Afzal: 13,748 and counting

October 10, 2006 16:48 IST

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The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies on Tuesday said it will present 13,748 signed petitions against the death penalty given to the mastermind of the 2003 attack on the Indian Parliament, Mohammad Afzal Guru, to the United Nations special rapporteur.

As many as 13,748 people signed the petitions in a week, chairman of the society Pervez Imroze said on Tuesday, which is also observed as the World Day Against Death Penalty.

Imroze said the signed petitions will be presented to the UN special rapporteur on extra judicial, summary and arbitrary executions.

The petitions will also be sent to different international human rights organisations like Amnesty International, he said.

He said the basic objective of the signature campaign was to register their protest against the failure of the Indian legal system.

The UN special rapporteur has already committed that the defendants in the proceedings leading to imposition of death penalty must benefit from the services of a lawyer at every stage of proceedings, he said. "We believe that Afzal's death penalty is within this mandate because he got an unfair trial," Imroze said.

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Number of User Comments: 7

Sub: Politicizing the death of a terrorist

It is a pity to see politicians of India making advantage of this situation and creating an uproar on this merely straight forward issue. Have ...

Posted by IB

Sub: Mercy for Afzal

Why is so much hue and cry about hanging of a terrorist? Where were the petitioners were sleeping when Afzal was being tried? How is ...

Posted by KB

Sub: Signatures from J&K do not work

Here signatures from J&K do not work as Afzal is involved in the attack on Parliament of India, not on Assembly of J&K. So collect ...

Posted by Srinidhi Bapu

Sub: afzal must be hanged

even within majority muslim community, only 13,700+ signs?? this shows that this drama is been created by gulam nabi azad and is been followed by ...

Posted by neel

Sub: I can provide 10 times or even more supporting for hanging

Why these people still dont think as part of India.. this man has attacked INDIAN PARLIAMENT and they want clemency for him? Because of him ...

Posted by Raj



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