WOMAN JAILED IN BLAS­PHEMY CASE RE­LEASED

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IS­LAM­ABAD/LA­HORE (Pak­istan) — 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, which would en­rage hard­line Is­lamists who have been protest­ing against her re­lease and call­ing for her to be banned from leav­ing.

The re­lease overnight of the mother of five prompted im­me­di­ate 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.

She al­ways de­nied hav­ing com­mit­ted blas­phemy.

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