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Pakistan: court grants bail for prime suspect in lynching of Christian couple

April 19, 2016

The main suspect in the lynching death of a Pakistani Christian couple has been released on bail, the Fides news service reports.

Yousaf Gujjar was accused of inciting a mob of Muslims to beat and torture Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi in November 2014, then throw them into a kiln, The couple had been accused of blasphemy against Islam. A police inspector testified that "if it were not for this individual, the incident would never have happened." 

An early investigation into the killings, which occurred in the Kasur district, resulted in indictments for 106 people, with four suspects, including Gujjjar, detained by an anti-terrorism court. Bail requests were originally rejected. 

 
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  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Apr. 19, 2016 10:50 PM ET USA

    There is no hope for justice here. The Trilogy--Koran, Sunna and Hadiths--clearly tell Islam to put to death all "infidels"--all who refuse to accept Allah as god and Muhammad as his prophet.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 19, 2016 10:01 PM ET USA

    Pray for the people of this God-forsaken country.