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ICC Note: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has postponed its ruling on the final appeal for Asia Bibi. Bibi was convicted of committing blasphemy in 2010 and has been on death row ever since. The case remains one of Pakistan’s highest profile instances of Christian persecution. Many Christians claim Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws unfairly targets their community with deadly consequences.

10/09/2018 Pakistan (Washington Post) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court postponed its ruling Monday on the final appeal of a Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 after being convicted of blasphemy against Islam.

The judicial panel listened to Asia Bibi’s defense lawyer challenge statements by those who accused her of insulting Islam’s prophet, an allegation punishable by death that can incite riots in conservative Pakistan.

The three-judge panel, headed by Pakistan’s Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, did not say why they reserved their judgment or when they would announce their decision. It ordered everyone present to refrain from commenting on the case, in an apparent attempt to avoid inflaming public opinion.

The charge against Bibi dates back to a hot day in 2009 when she went to get water for her and her fellow farmworkers. Two Muslim women refused to take a drink from a container used by a Christian. A few days later, a mob accused her of blasphemy. She was convicted and sentenced to death.

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