Man-sen­tenced-to-death-for- blas­phemy

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

LA­HORE (PAK­ISTAN): A Chris­tian man has been sen­tenced to death for blas­phemy by a Pak­istan court af­ter a close friend ac­cused him of shar­ing ma­te­rial that in­sulted Is­lam on What­sapp. 35-year-old Nadeem James was ar­rested in July, 2016 af­ter his friend Yasir Bashir filed a com­plaint to the po­lice that he re­ceived a poem on What­sApp, ridi­cul­ing Prophet Mo­ham­mad and other holy fig­ures, the lo­cal me­dia re­ported.The ac­cused “was handed a death sen­tence by the court on Thurs­day on blas­phemy charges,” said de­fence lawyer Riaz An­jum. Un­der the coun­try’s strict blas­phemy laws, any­one ac­cused of in­sult­ing Is­lam and its key re­li­gious fig­ures risks be­ing sen­tenced to death. The European Par­lia­ment has crit­i­cised Pak­istan's hu­man rights record and squarely re­minded Islamabad that it has grossly erred in hand­ing down cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment for those al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing the na­tion's blas­phemy laws.

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