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Pakistani girl to spend another week in prison before hearing on blasphemy charge

Catholic World News - September 04, 2012

A strike by lawyers in Pakistan has added further complications to the legal case of Rimsha Masih, the mentally impaired Christian girl who has been jailed since August 16 on blasphemy charges.

A court in Islamabad has ruled that the girl must remain in prison until the end of this week, when a hearing will be held on an application to free her on bail.

Islamic zealots have threatened violence against the young girl if she is released, and her family is already in hiding. At the same time, her defenders have advanced evidence that the evidence against her (burned verses from the Qu’ran) may have been planted, and there is serious doubt that the girl understands her own actions.

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