Woman ac­quit­ted of blas­phemy freed

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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. |

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