2009
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Concerns about the Case:

• The court papers show that the case is against ‘Manjit Singh’; Mr Sarabjit Singh adamantly maintains he has never been known by the name of ‘Manjit Singh’; all of his official documents in India refer to him as ‘Sarabjit Singh’. This case is a clear case of mistaken identity. Identity was never verified in the original trial.

• Mr Sarabjit Singh’s original trial did not test any forensic evidence that linked him to the attacks.

• Mr Sarabjit Singh’s trial was in English; Mr Singh does not speak or understands English. His main language is Punjabi. An interpreter was not provided.

• Mr Sarabjit Singh was beaten up and tortured upon his arrest and forced to sign a confession.

• The Pakistani authorities failed to report with immediate effect Mr Sarabjit Singh’s arrest to the Indian Consulate upon his arrest. He was denied his right

to seek independent legal advice. This is a blatant breach of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention as well as a serious contravention of the United Nations Convention in relation to human rights.

• Mr Sarabjit Singh’s original trial lawyer in Pakistan misappropriated the money raised by Mr Sarabjit Singh’s family in support of his defence. The quality of the defence prepared by the original lawyer is poor and one which was drafted by an incompetent and inexperienced lawyer without any reference or due regard to the actual evidence in the case.

• An appeal against Mr Sarabjit Singh’s death sentence was lodged by Mr Singh’s original lawyer. The appeal hearing took place on the 24th of June 2009; his lawyer failed to attend the hearing and the appeal was dismissed. Mr Singh’s death sentenced has been deferred indefinitely. He continues to remain imprisoned in the Kot Lakhpat Prison in Lahore Pakistan.

• Mr Singh’s family has been repeatedly denied travel visas to Pakistan to visit him in prison.

For further information please refer to the Amnesty International website

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