Woman acquitted of blasphemy freed
A PAKISTANI Christian woman has been freed from prison a week after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam, and she is at a secure location in the country, officials said yesterday.
Officials dismissed some media reports that the woman, Asia Bibi, had been flown abroad.
The release of the mother of five prompted anger from an Islamist party that has threatened to paralyse the country with street protests if her acquittal is not reversed.
Bibi, 53, was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 over allegations she made derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.
Meanwhile, the Dutch government said yesterday it had offered temporary shelter to Bibi’s lawyer, Saiful Mulook, after he was forced to flee for his life. |