Monday, May 21, 2018

Pakistan: Asia Bibi Will Be Given Another Chance At Justice


Asia Bibi is a Christian Pakistani woman. She was convicted and sentenced to death by a Pakistani Court in November 2010. 

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By  Ewelina U. Ochab | May 20, 2018

After months of waiting, a top Pakistani judge has confirmed that Asia Bibi will soon get the opportunity to have her appeal heard at the Pakistani Supreme Court.

Reportedly, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar recently informed Asia Bibi’s legal representation that the date will soon be fixed. He is set to reside over the appeal.

For Asia Bibi, this is the first ray of light since her appeal hearing was adjourned indefinitely in October 2016. It comes  years after Asia Bibi was convicted for blasphemy and sentenced to death.

Asia Bibi is a Christian Pakistani woman. She was convicted and sentenced to death by a Pakistani Court in November 2010.

The Court found her guilty of making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed during an argument with another woman. However, the facts of the case have always been in dispute.
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In 2014, the Lahore High Court upheld her death sentence. Nonetheless, the execution was stayed in July 2015, when the Pakistani Supreme Court agreed to hear her appeal. It was listed to take place during October 2016.

Unfortunately, the appeal had to be adjourned after one of the three judges due to hear the case, Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman, recused himself quoting a conflict of interests.

Despite international outcry, Asia Bibi has had no success in appealing the sentence, with the appeal adjourned indefinitely in 2016.


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