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Friday, 25 January 2013

Blasphemy Appeal for Younis Masih adjourned till February!

Younis Masih’s appeal against his  death sentence and fine of Rs.100,000 under a blasphemy sentence dating back 7 years was adjourned till February.  

Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) tells us:

The trial was conducted by "Legal Aid for Destitute and Settlement" (LADS) lawyers and an appeal was also filed by LADS's lawyers in June,2007 bearing Murder Ref.263 of 2007 and appeal No.711 of 2007, in Lahore High Court.  The death sentence of Younis Masih which was reopened in September 2012  following these applications.

The court hearing of the blasphemy case was fixed for 23rd January 2013 and Mr Sardar Mushtaq Gill advocate with LADS's team was present during the court hearing.  When the call for arguments was made, there were about 40 Muslims ,who were present wearing black turbans, they were makings gestures and comments with intent to cause fear and apprehension.

Feeling the pressure, Naeem Shakar Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan requested a non-public trial in the Court Chamber.  The presiding judge however encouraged the defence and prosecution by saying;

 "There is no need to be scared, we will discuss this case in an open court",

The state lawyer then requested an adjournments as he alleged that he had not yet received the case file.  Justice Najam-Ul-Hasan ordered for the a date for another hearing to be fixed by early February. 

Mushtaq Gill from Lead informed us of another blasphemy case: 

"The blasphemy allegation on Younis Masih mirrors one given to Martha Bibi also accused under blasphemy law.  She is also currently undergoing a trial and we are shocked that the wording of both allegation is virtually the same on both?  Martha Bibi is on bail which was allowed in 2007, her trial is being conducted and is under the final cross examination."

Please pray for a just court decision in both these trials.

Read more on the story of Younis Masih here:

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