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Pakistani man given life sentence on blasphemy charge, despite lack of evidence

Catholic World News - July 15, 2013

A Pakistani Christian has been sentenced to life imprisonment for sending an allegedly blasphemous text message on his cell phone.

Sajjad Gill, a Seventh Day Adventist, was tried under the country’s draconian blasphemy law after he was accused by a neighbor. The messages were sent from an unregistered phone, and Gill’s own phone, which was examined by police, showed that it had not been the source of the messages. Nevertheless the court found him guilty.

Gill’s lawyers will appeal the verdict, arguing that no evidence was presented to show their client’s guilt.

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