Pakistan Supreme Court acquits Christian woman on death row

Pakistan Supreme Court acquits Christian woman on death row
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Srinagar: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman condemned to death on blasphemy charges after accepting her 2015 appeal against her sentence, Pakistani daily Dawn reported.

The report said that a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel had reserved its ruling on Asia Bibi’s final legal appeal against execution (Asia Bibi v. The State, etc) on October 8.

The appeal challenged the Lahore High Court’s October 2014 verdict upholding a trial court’s November 2010 decision sentencing Bibi to death for committing blasphemy in 2009.

The 56-page judgement authored by CJP Nisar was read out by the top judge today, Dawn reported. Justice Khosa has given a separate, concurrent opinion.

“The judgement of the high court and that of the trial court is reversed,” he read, adding that she is to be set free if she is not wanted in any other case.

“Her conviction is set aside and she is to be relieved forthwith if not required in other charges,” the judgement read.