Court decision due for Rimsha Masih in Pakistani blasphemy trial
Catholic World News - November 14, 2012
Pakistan’s High Court in Islamabad has completed its final hearing on the case of Rimsha Mashi, the mentally handicapped young Christian girl who faces blasphemy charges.
In final arguments, defense lawyers asked the court to dismiss the complaint, saying that the young girl had been “framed” by an Islamic leader, Imam Khalid Jadoon Chishti, who has already been found guilty of planting evidence. Prosecutors argued that the complaint against the imam should not affect the case, and questioned a medical report that Rimsha Masih was not competent to understand her own actions.
After postponing a decision in October, the High Court has indicated that it will issue a ruling on the case soon. The arrest of Rimsha Masih sparked complaints from human-rights activists, but Islamic militants have kept up steady pressure for her conviction.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our August expenses ($15,000 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!