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Pakistan: death sentence feared for man accused of blasphemy; attorneys threatened

March 05, 2014

The Fides news agency and World Vision in Progress have drawn attention to the case of Shafaqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, a husband and wife who were arrested for blasphemy in July.

A month after Emmanuel, who is partially paralyzed, lost his cell phone, local Muslims reportedly began receiving offensive text messages from the phone. According to World Vision in Progress, Emmanuel was tortured in front of his wife and has been denied bail.

The couple’s attorneys, who have received repeated threats, fear that the husband will receive the death penalty and that his wife will be sentenced to 35 years in prison.


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