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Blasphemy acquittal upheld in Pakistan

30 Jan 2019 / international Print

Blasphemy acquittal upheld by Pakistan Supreme Court

Pakistan's Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a Christian woman’s acquittal on blasphemy charges, according to a BBC report.

The Supreme Court has upheld its decision to overturn Asia Bibi's conviction and death sentence.

Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after an accusation that she insulted the Prophet Muhammad. Bibi spent eight years on death row. She has always maintained her innocence.

Last October, the Supreme Court's decision quashing her sentence led to protests by hardliners.

Dismissed

"Based on merit, this petition is dismissed," Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said in court yesterday.

Asia Bibi could not leave Pakistan while an appeal request was pending.

Amnesty International said in a statement that Asia Bibi should be allowed reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice.

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