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British Death Row Inmate Freed From Pakistani Prison


Pakistani officials say a British national whose death sentence was commuted by President Pervez Musharraf has been freed from prison.

Pakistan's Interior Ministry says Mirza Tahir Hussain was released from prison early Friday.

President Musharraf commuted Hussain's death sentence Thursday, making the Briton eligible for release because of the time he had already served on death row.

The 36-year-old Hussain, a British national of Pakistani descent, spent the past 18 years in prison for killing a taxi driver in 1988.

Britain's Prince Charles and Prime Minister Tony Blair both pressed Pakistan to free Hussain, who says the killing was in self-defense and that he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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