Posted by: becketfund | January 17, 2007

Pakistan: Man Accused of Blasphemy Released on Bail in Historic Decision

Journal Chrétien reports that Shahid Masih, a Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy for desecrating a Koran, has become the first person in Pakistan ever to be released on bail following charges of this nature. Despite a lack of direct evidence, Shahid Masih was arrested last September following a report that he stole a Koran and set it on fire. Following his release on January 17, he was relocated with his family in order to avoid potential physical harm from those who dispute his release.

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