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Pakistan: Blasphemy case against teenager dismissed amid suspicion that cleric planted evidence

Case against Rimsha Masih was dismissed by Pakistani court. Picture: Getty

Case against Rimsha Masih was dismissed by Pakistani court. Picture: Getty

A PAKISTANI court has dismissed a blasphemy case against a Christian girl which had drawn international condemnation and concern about the rights of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country.

• Blasphemy case brought against 14-year-old girl thrown out after suspicion of planted evidence to stir anti-Christian sentiment

• Pakistani court could have imposed death penalty on girl had she been found guilty

Rimsha Masih, believed to be no older than 14, was charged with burning pages of the Koran in August but was granted bail in September after a cleric was detained on suspicion of planting evidence to stir up resentment against Christians.

Masih’s lawyer, Tahir Naveed, said the Islamabad High Court’s decision to throw out the case was based on the fact that no one had seen her burning pages of the Koran.

The case provoked international concern and she could, in theory, have faced execution under Pakistan’s blasphemy law despite her age and reported mental problems.

 
 
 

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