01/28/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Tomorrow, Pakistan’s Supreme Court is set to review the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman formally on death row for committing blasphemy. Bibi and many of her supporters hope this will be the last time she is forced to defend herself in Pakistan’s criminal system.
On October 31, 2018, Pakistan’s Supreme Court announced that they had acquitted Bibi of the blasphemy charges that had kept her on death row for nearly a decade. In explaining its decision, the court said that there was ultimately not enough evidence to convict Bibi.
Thousands of religious hardliners took to the streets in protest following the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision. These protesters demanded that the court review its decision and not allow Bibi to leave Pakistan until that review had taken place.
Since her acquittal, Bibi has remained in the custody of Pakistani authorities at a secure location inside the country. According to those in contact with Bibi, her conditions at this secure location remain eerily similar to prison.
Siaf-ul-Malook, Bibi’s lawyer, returned to Pakistan to represent his client in the upcoming hearing. Speaking to Reuters, Malook said that he expects the case to be dismissed.
“They have file a petition on flimsy grounds,” Malook told Reuters. “They haven’t attempted to counter her release on constitution grounds. God willing, she will have the decision in her favor tomorrow. She will be a free person to go anywhere she wants to.”
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