Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy after 8 years in jail
April 03, 2013
A Pakistani Christian who has been imprisoned since 2005 on blasphemy charges has been acquitted of those charges by a court in Lahore.
Younis Masih was acquitted after the appeals court reversed a lower court’s guilty verdict and vacated a death sentence. He had been accused of blasphemy by neighbors after a dispute over loud music. After the charges were leveled against him, Younis and his wife were beaten, and more than 100 Christian families in his neighborhood fled to escape mob violence.
- After eight years in prison, a Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy has been acquitted (Fides)