» 11/27/2006, 00.00
Two Christian men sentenced to ten years in prison for "blasphemy"
Despite the lack of evidence a court in Faisalabad condemns two Catholic men for burning some pages of the Qur'an. For their attorney the verdict was influenced by Muslim extremists.
Mob and police torture Catholic man accused of blasphemy
Without any evidence angry Muslims torture Sattar Masih, 28, for allegedly blaspheming against Muhammad. Police moves in but only to arrest him. He was supposed to get married the following day.
Two Catholics arrested for blasphemy against the Qur'an
James Masih and Buta Masih, both 70, are accused of burning some pages of the Qur'an. The two illiterate men are jailed despite the lack of witnesses. The Bishop of Faisalabad protests the vulnerability Pakistani Christians must endure. He calls on the faithful to pray for those jailed on the basis of lies.
Muslims torture for hours Christian “blasphemer” now in jail
A mob of some 150 Muslims in Punjab stormed the home of Amanat Masih, a Protestant charged with burning some pages of the Qur’an. Police intervene after hours of torture and arrest him.
Life of 11-year-old Christian in danger even though he is not charged with anything
Blasphemy accusations have been made against five Christians, the youngest a 16-year-old, after a quarrel between boys that was blamed on the 11-year-old. Local Christians are afraid that he might become the target of violence.
Faisalabad bishop: "Justice for two Catholics accused of blasphemy"
Mgr Joseph Coutts has called on the Pakistani authorities to ensure a proper high level investigation into the case of James and Buta Masih, accused without proof or witnesses. The local press has been accused of seeking to foment extremist hatred.
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