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Rimsha Masih: IHC reserves verdict on plea seeking case dismissal
ICC Note:
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved its verdict on an application seeking to dismiss Rimsha Masih, a 14-year-old Christian girl with mental disabilities who was imprisoned for three weeks for allegedly burning pages of the Quran in Pakistan, Express News reports. Rimsha and her family have been living at an undisclosed location since the girl’s release on September 8.
Rimsha is scheduled to appear in a juvenile court in the coming weeks on charges for blasphemy.
By Web Desk
11/14/2012 Pakistan (The Express Tribune)- The Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved its verdict on an application seeking to dismiss the Rimsha Masih case, reported Express News on Wednesday.
The case was heard by IHC Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman.
During the hearing, Rimsha’s lawyer said that the case was fabricated and there were no witnesses to it. The burnt pages of the Holy Quran were added later to the ashes, he maintained.
The petitioner, however, said that he and his witnesses stand by their statements and the case was spoiled by the interior minister and the police.
The prosecutor informed the court that challans against Rimsha and Maulvi Khalid Jadoon have been submitted to a lower court.
Rimsha, a 14-year-old Christian girl, was arrested from a suburb of Islamabad on August 16 after a neighbour accused her of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, in breach of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws.
On September 22, police investigating the case declared prayer leader Khalid Jadoon Chishti guilty, adding that there was no evidence against Rimsha and that he had framed her.

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