Sarabjit Singh (also spelled Sarabjeet Singh; Punjabi: ਸਰਬਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ; 1963 or 1964 – 2 May 2013) (alleged to be 'Manjit Singh' by Pakistan) was an Indian national convicted of terrorism and spying by a Pakistani court. He was tried and convicted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for a series of bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14 bystanders in 1990. While imprisoned, Sarabjit claimed he was a farmer who strayed into Pakistan from his village located on the border, three months after the bombings. According to unconfirmed sources Singh had been a spy for the Research and Analysis Wing who had been working undercover in Pakistan.
After a brief trial in the Lahore High Court (later directed to the Supreme Court), he was condemned and sentenced to death in 1991, but the sentence was repeatedly postponed by the Government of Pakistan. Five of his mercy petitions were rejected by the courts and the President of Pakistan, but in 2008 the government nonetheless put off Singh's execution for an indefinite period.
Singh's lawyers, who filed the mercy petitions on his behalf, argued that he served twenty-two years in prison for a crime he had not committed. On 26 June 2012, it was reported that Pakistan's president had pardoned him on the basis of his petition filed on 28 May 2012. However, five hours later, the pardon was revoked and the government clarified that another prisoner, Surjeet Singh, had been pardoned and not Sarabjit.
While in prison in April 2013, he was attacked by fellow inmates and died 6 days later at Jinnah Hospital, Lahore
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