The sister of Aftab Bahadur touches her brother's face after his body was placed in a van to be taken for burial following his execution at Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, Pakistan. Mohsin Raza/Reuters
The sister of Aftab Bahadur touches her brother's face after his body was placed in a van to be taken for burial following his execution at Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, Pakistan. Mohsin Raza/Reuters

Pakistan hangs one 'teen' killer, rejects another's appeal



LAHORE // Pakistan on Wednesday executed a man who was 15 when he was sentenced to death for murder and whose lawyers say was tortured into confessing.

Aftab Bahadur was sentenced to death for killing three people in 1992 and human rights group Reprieve said two witnesses who implicated Bahadur had since recanted, saying they were tortured.

The case that has prompted concern among rights groups and the United Nations.

At the time, the death penalty could be passed on a 15-year-old, but the minimum age was raised to 18 in 2000.

Testimony obtained by torture is also inadmissible.

“Aftab Bahadur was hanged at district jail Lahore on Wednesday at 4.30am,” said a jail official in Lahore who declined to be named.

“Before the hanging, he was crying and saying he was innocent.”

The date of birth on Bahadur’s birth certificate and national identity card, June 30, 1977, is not disputed by authorities.

Exact birth records are not always kept in Pakistan, particularly for people from poor families like Hussain’s.

“Pakistan proceeded with Mr Bahadur’s execution despite his having been sentenced to death when he was a child - in violation of both international and Pakistani law,” Reprieve said.

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty last year, a day after Pakistani Taliban gunmen attacked a school and killed 134 pupils and 19 adults.

The killings put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the militant insurgency.

In an essay written from jail and published before his hanging, Bahadur repeated his assertion that he was innocent.

“But I do not know whether that will make any difference,” he wrote. “I have not given up hope, though the night is very dark ... It would perhaps have been better not to have to think of what the police did to try to get me to confess falsely to this crime.”

Also on Wednesday, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of another man, Shafqat Hussain, whom his lawyers say was a child when charged with murder and only confessed after being tortured.

A day earlier, Hussain was handed a reprieve just hours before he was to be executed – the fourth time his death penalty has been stayed.

The latest ruling clears another obstacle to Hussain’s hanging, though it was not immediately clear when a new death warrant would be issued.

Hussain’s age has proved difficult to determine. His supporters say he was 14 or 15 at the time of the killing but police insist he was over 20.

Critics say the country’s criminal justice system is marred by police torture and poor legal representation, meaning many of those now facing the gallows have not had a fair trial.

* Reuters and Agence France-Presse

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Friday (UAE kick-off times)

Levante v Real Mallorca (12am)

Leganes v Barcelona (4pm)

Real Betis v Valencia (7pm)

Granada v Atletico Madrid (9.30pm)

Sunday

Real Madrid v Real Sociedad (12am)

Espanyol v Getafe (3pm)

Osasuna v Athletic Bilbao (5pm)

Eibar v Alaves (7pm)

Villarreal v Celta Vigo (9.30pm)

Monday

Real Valladolid v Sevilla (12am)

 

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Name: SmartCrowd
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Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)

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7.30pm: Handicap (TB) Dh90,000 (T) 1,400m
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Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

Mercer, the investment consulting arm of US services company Marsh & McLennan, expects its wealth division to at least double its assets under management (AUM) in the Middle East as wealth in the region continues to grow despite economic headwinds, a company official said.

Mercer Wealth, which globally has $160 billion in AUM, plans to boost its AUM in the region to $2-$3bn in the next 2-3 years from the present $1bn, said Yasir AbuShaban, a Dubai-based principal with Mercer Wealth.

Within the next two to three years, we are looking at reaching $2 to $3 billion as a conservative estimate and we do see an opportunity to do so,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Mercer does not directly make investments, but allocates clients’ money they have discretion to, to professional asset managers. They also provide advice to clients.

“We have buying power. We can negotiate on their (client’s) behalf with asset managers to provide them lower fees than they otherwise would have to get on their own,” he added.

Mercer Wealth’s clients include sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and insurance companies among others.

From its office in Dubai, Mercer also looks after Africa, India and Turkey, where they also see opportunity for growth.

Wealth creation in Middle East and Africa (MEA) grew 8.5 per cent to $8.1 trillion last year from $7.5tn in 2015, higher than last year’s global average of 6 per cent and the second-highest growth in a region after Asia-Pacific which grew 9.9 per cent, according to consultancy Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In the region, where wealth grew just 1.9 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014, a pickup in oil prices has helped in wealth generation.

BCG is forecasting MEA wealth will rise to $12tn by 2021, growing at an annual average of 8 per cent.

Drivers of wealth generation in the region will be split evenly between new wealth creation and growth of performance of existing assets, according to BCG.

Another general trend in the region is clients’ looking for a comprehensive approach to investing, according to Mr AbuShaban.

“Institutional investors or some of the families are seeing a slowdown in the available capital they have to invest and in that sense they are looking at optimizing the way they manage their portfolios and making sure they are not investing haphazardly and different parts of their investment are working together,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Some clients also have a higher appetite for risk, given the low interest-rate environment that does not provide enough yield for some institutional investors. These clients are keen to invest in illiquid assets, such as private equity and infrastructure.

“What we have seen is a desire for higher returns in what has been a low-return environment specifically in various fixed income or bonds,” he said.

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds, said in its 2016 report that has gradually increased its exposure in direct private equity and private credit transactions, mainly in Asian markets and especially in China and India. The authority’s private equity department focused on structured equities owing to “their defensive characteristics.”

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Cricket World Cup League Two: Nepal, Oman, United States tri-series, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu

Fixtures
Wednesday February 5, Oman v Nepal
Thursday, February 6, Oman v United States
Saturday, February 8, United States v Nepal
Sunday, February 9, Oman v Nepal
Tuesday, February 11, Oman v United States
Wednesday, February 12, United States v Nepal

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Shane McMahon defeated Roman Reigns

Lars Sullivan won by disqualification against Lucha House Party

Randy Orton beats Triple H

Braun Strowman beats Bobby Lashley

Kofi Kingston wins against Dolph Zigggler to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Mansoor Al Shehail won the 50-man Battle Royal

The Undertaker beat Goldberg

 

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