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A man currently on hunger strike has been detained without charge or trial for 20 months in Erbil. Authorities accuse him of leaking information about election rigging to a newspaper.
A temporary halt to planned executions was ordered by the Pakistan Prime Minister on 18 August until he has spoken to the president, Asif Ali Zardari.
Russian lawyer Farid Murtazin could be stripped off his advocate status following a complaint from the Investigation Committee, though he denies the allegations.
Thousands are at risk of execution in Pakistan as the new government is set to resume executions for the first time in five years.