De­fense lawyer in blas­phemy case flees Pak­istan

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Sai­ful Malook, the lawyer for Asia Bibi, a Chris­tian woman ac­quit­ted of blas­phemy charges af­ter spend­ing eight years on death row in Pak­istan, has fled the coun­try, fear­ing for his safety, her brother said Satur­day.

On Wednes­day, Pak­istan’s top court ac­quit­ted Bibi and or­dered her re­lease in a move that in­fu­ri­ated the coun­try’s hard-line Is­lamists, who have held protests de­mand­ing her ex­e­cu­tion.

The gov­ern­ment had agreed to im­pose a travel ban on Bibi while the case is re­viewed in re­turn for a halt to the Is­lamist protests that had blocked roads and brought life to a stand­still in some ar­eas.

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