BIG BREAKING NEWS – RELEASED: Court orders release of Christian couple sentenced to death for blasphemy [#PakistanPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 06/03
A Pakistani court has ordered the release of a Christian couple sentenced to death for blasphemy, weeks after the European parliament blasted the country over the case.
Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar were jailed in 2013 and convicted of sending a text message insulting the prophet Muhammad – even though both are illiterate.
The couple’s lawyer, Saif ul-Malook, said the pair had been acquitted on appeal at Lahore supreme court.
“I am very happy that we were able to get the release of this couple who are some of the most helpless people in our society.”
– Saif ul-Malook, who expects them to be freed next week after the court orders are published
Prosecutor Chaudhry Ghulam Mustafa also said the pair had been acquitted.
Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in Pakistan, where anyone deemed to have insulted Islam can face the death penalty and the whiff of even unproven allegations can lead to mob lynchings and vigilante murders.
Pakistani court acquits Christian couple sentenced to death for blasphemy:
The pair were convicted in 2014 after sending a text message insulting the prophet Muhammad: