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Condemned for 'blasphemy,' Pakistani woman is reported gravely ill

Catholic World News - April 07, 2011

Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy in a trial marked by questionable testimony, is seriously ill.

Bibi, who was condemned to death, has been living in prison, in solitary confinement for the past 3 months. Supporters say that she contracted chicken pox, and poor sanitary conditions have aggravated her condition.

While human-rights advocates have pleaded for Bibi's release, pointing to the grave questions about the fairness of her trial, militant Muslims have vowed that if she leaves jail she will be killed.

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