Monday, 19 November, 2018

Blasphemy case: Pakistan Supreme Court overturns Asia Bibi's death sentence

Bibi has been on death row since 2010 after being convicted of blasphemy against Islam Bibi has been on death row since 2010 after being convicted of blasphemy against Islam
Ray Hunter | 31 October, 2018, 12:11

"This appeal is, therefore, allowed, the conviction and sentence of the appellant recorded and upheld by the courts below are set aside and she is acquitted of the charge by extending the benefit of doubt to her", he stated. "She is acquitted of all charges and if not required for any other charges she will be released forthwith". The supreme court was due to hear Bibi's appeal in 2016, but delayed the trial after one of the judges recused himself.

Bibi was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, despite her advocates maintaining her innocence and insisting the accusers held grudges against her.

If her death sentence had been carried out, Bibi would have been the first person executed by the state under the blasphemy laws.

Insulting Islam's prophet is punishable by death under Pakistani law, and blasphemy accusations stir such emotions that they are nearly impossible to defend against.

Bibi was accused by two Muslim women of having committed blasphemy during an argument sparked by their refusal to drink water from the same vessel as her in 2009.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan is set to announce much awaited judgment in Aasia Bibi case on Wednesday. "We knew that she is innocent", said Ashiq Masih.

Several women called Bibi a "filthy Christian" and told her to convert to Islam.

The trial of Bibi, who is an illiterate mother of five, has become a test case for Pakistan's commitment to protect its minorities, which have born the brunt of blasphemy accusations.

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Ms. Bibi has always denied blaspheming.

Extra forces have been deployed in sensitive areas, such as diplomatic enclaves, and hundreds of police and para-military personnel are guarding the Supreme Court.

She was then told off by a Muslim neighbor, who turned to other Muslim women in the area to tell them the Christian devotee had dirtied the water by drinking from their cup.

The case has disgusted millions around the world and caused huge division in the majority Muslim country.

The media has been prevented from discussing the case since the verdict was reserved on 8 October. Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was shot and killed by one of his guards in 2011 for defending Bibi and criticizing the misuse of the blasphemy law. She had moved the Supreme Court against her conviction.

Campaigners argue Pakistan's blasphemy laws are often based on thin evidence and used to get revenge for personal disputes.

Bibi's legal team celebrated the court's decision amid beefed-up security in Islamabad after religious hardliners had vowed to protest any acquittal of the case.

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