Court over­turns blas­phemy sen­tence

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Pak­istan’s supreme court has ac­quit­ted a man of blas­phemy charges af­ter he served nine years of a life sen­tence. On Fri­day, two judges granted the ap­peal of Mo­ham­mad Man­sha for lack of ev­i­dence, rul­ing that he was falsely ac­cused. Man­sha was ar­rested in Septem­ber 2008 af­ter the imam of a mosque in Ba­hawal­na­gar dis­trict in Pun­jab prov­ince told author­i­ties that Man­sha had des­e­crated the Qu­ran. A judge in Pun­jab con­victed Man­sha of blas­phemy and sent him to prison for life. His con­vic­tion was up­held in 2014 and the supreme court took up the case that year. Hu­man rights groups say peo­ple of­ten ex­ploit Pak­istan’s harsh blas­phemy law to set­tle scores.

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