Ap­peal of Chris­tian wo­man on death row ad­journed

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

ISLAMABAD (AP): PAK­ISTAN’S TOP court has ad­journed the ap­peals hear­ing for Chris­tian wo­man con­victed of blas­phemy who has been on death row since 2010.

A Supreme Court judge on Thurs­day re­fused to hear the case of Aa­sia Bibi, cit­ing a pos­si­ble con­flict of in­ter­est. Her lawyer, Sai­ful Malook, says no new hear­ing date has been set.

The case has drawn in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion of Pak­istan’s harsh blas­phemy laws. Bibi was ar­rested after a quar­rel with Mus­lim women in eastern Pun­jab prov­ince and ac­cused of in­sult­ing Is­lam’s Prophet Muham­mad, a charge she re­peat­edly de­nied.

Pak­istani Is­lamists have been de­mand­ing Bibi’s ex­e­cu­tion and two of­fi­cials, a gover­nor and a mi­nori­ties’ min­is­ter, were killed in 2011 for sup­port­ing her.

Sup­port­ers of a Pak­istani re­li­gious group raise their hands de­mand­ing the hang­ing of a Chris­tian wo­man, Aa­sia Bibi, in Karachi, Pak­istan, yes­ter­day.

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