Giving hope to persecuted Christians since 1995
Select Page

ICC Note:

Another Christian in Pakistan has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan for allegedly committing the crime of blasphemy against Islam. According to reports, Nadeem James, a 35-year-old Christian man, is accused, and now convicted, of sending a blasphemous text message to a Muslim. James claims he is innocent and is being framed by another Muslim because of his romantic relationship with a Muslim woman. Inter-religious relationships, especially between Christian men and Muslim woman, can create extreme tension between religious communities in Pakistan because of widespread discrimination against Christians.  

09/18/2017 Pakistan (Christian Today) – A Christian man has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

Nadeem James, 35, was convicted under the country’s controversial blasphemy laws on Friday with his lawyer, Riaz Anjum, saying he was framed.

James went on the run last July before being arrested after he was accused of sending a poem to his friend on WhatsApp that was derogatory about the Islamic prophet.

But defense lawyer Anjum told AFP news agency he was being falsely accused because his friend was angered about an affair James, a Christian, was allegedly having with a Muslim woman.

‘Mr. James was handed a death sentence by the court on Thursday on blasphemy charges,’ he said.

‘My client will appeal the sentence in the high court as he has been framed by his friend, who was annoyed over Mr. James’ affair with a Muslim girl.’

Under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death. Although no death sentences have been carried out, a number of those accused of blasphemy have been killed by mobs.

Human rights groups and Christian persecution charities say the law is used to settle personal scores and extrajudicial killings against religious minorities.

[Full Story]