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Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy, Islamabad bishop calls for prayers for the persecuted
Sawan Masih's conviction came at the end of a trial held in prison because of a high risk of Islamist attacks. The Christian man's lawyers announce that they will appeal the verdict. Religious leaders and civil society groups express their anger and outrage over the court decision. For Bishop Rufin Anthony, "false accusations are an abuse." Asia Bibi's appeal hearing is set for 14 April.
Punjab: Catholic couple accused of blasphemy
Shafqat and Shagufta Masih live in Gojra, a town in Punjab where eight Christians were burnt alive in 2009. Instead of investigating the affair, police forced the two to accept the charges. A local priest warns that "false allegations like this lead to years in prison for the innocent. Concrete steps must be taken once and for all to stop the misuse of the blasphemy law."
Lahore: Two Christians arrested for blasphemy could get the death penalty
The two brothers have been accused of posting disrespectful content on their website. After four years on the run abroad and at home, Qaisa and Amoon are now in the same Lahore prison. The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) is dealing with their case.
Blasphemy law is a tool for Muslim proselytism, says Protestant bishop
Speaking on a TV show, Rev Malik says that many blasphemy charges are plainly false. They "are just set-ups," he said. "Many Christians are threatened: You either convert to Islam or be judged under the blasphemy laws".
Pakistan: 106 people on trial for the lynching of a Christian couple, accused of blasphemy
An anti-terrorism court has indicted them for murder. Hundreds of people stoned to death and then burned alive Sajjad Masih and his wife Shama. The woman, pregnant with her fifth child, was accused of setting fire to pages of the Koran.
05/11/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Bishop of Islamabad: Couple burned alive, barbaric act shrouded by a guilty silence
Shahzad Masih, 28, and his wife, Shama, 25, had four children and the woman was pregnant. Accusation made by Shahzad’s employer; at least 400 people attacked, shot and burned the bodies of the young couple. Christian activists: yet another abuse of the blasphemy laws.
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