Clive Stafford Smith, the Director of Reprive in Great Britain, has been corresponding with Terry about Pakistan’s death penalty and the case of Shafqat Hussain.
Reprive has been working hard to help the man who was only 14 years old when he was sentenced to death. Reprive has been fighting to save him from execution by the Pakistani government, and recently Mr. Stafford Smith was able to report to Terry that they had got Shafqat his 4th stay of execution (in 2015 alone) within 24 hours of the scheduled execution. At that time, the state officials said that they would have a real inquiry into Shafqat’s age at the time of sentencing.
For more on the case of Shafqat Hussain, check out Reprive’s web page with his story.
Reprive works diligently in fighting for justice in capital punishment cases around the world.
In another story coming out of Pakistan, for example, Reprive has been championing a man who has lived the past 22 years on the Pakistani Death Row after being sentenced to death at the age of 15 years.
Even though Aftab Bahadur’s co-defendant has given sworn testimony that Aftab was not involved in the crime for which he has been sentenced to death, and the prosecution’s eyewitness has recanted, admitting now that Aftab was not seen at the scene of the crime, Aftab’s execution remained on schedule.
Sadly, Aftab Bahadur was executed on June 10, 2015. For more on Aftab’s story, check out his case study on the Reprive web site.
Do You Know about Reprive?
Reprive is an important organization for justice — but maybe not as well known here in the United States as it should be. Do you know about Reprive and the work of people like its director, Clive Stafford Smith?
If not, check out Clive Stafford Smith giving a TED Talk here, explaining how he came to found Reprive — and how in all his years in representing clients facing the death penalty, Clive has never been paid one penny in legal fees for his work.