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Acquitted Christian woman freed from prison in Pakistan

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy by the Pakistan Supreme Court last week, has been released from prison, her lawyer said. Bibi, who was released after spending eight years on death row, is in Pakistan, under the state’s protection, the Pakistan Foreign Office stated.

Nov 8, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy by the Pakistan Supreme Court last week, has been released from prison, her lawyer said. Bibi, who was released after spending eight years on death row, is in Pakistan, under the state’s protection, the Pakistan Foreign Office stated.
 
Given the threat to her life from Islamist groups protesting her release and the commutation of her death sentence, she has sought asylum in several European countries. Several countries have offered to grant her and her family asylum-seeker status.
 
The government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured her of security and vowed to crack down on the protesters. The Supreme Court ruling last week sparked violent protests from Islamists and the government agreed to their demand to stop her leaving Pakistan.
 
Bibi, a mother-of-five, was released from prison in the city of Multan, her lawyer Saif Mulook said.
 
Also known as Asia Noreen, she was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours.

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