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Pakistan Christian Younis Masih, who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy, has been released on appeal Wednesday 3 April. The father-of-four had been in jail since November 2005. He was set free after a successful appeal to the High Court in Lahore.

Pakistan Christian Younis Masih, who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy, has been released on appeal Wednesday 3 April. The father-of-four had been in jail since November 2005. He was set free after a successful appeal to the High Court in Lahore.

Younis Masih was accused of blasphemy against Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, after complaining about noise levels at an Islamic religious ceremony which took place in his neighbourhood in Punjab at midnight. The following day, a mob beat Younis Masih and set upon his wife, Meena, when she came to help him.

Four hundred protestors, armed with sticks and bricks, then attacked and ransacked Christian houses, breaking down doors and stoning local churches, throwing Bibles on to the floor. More than 100 Christian families had to flee to save their lives.

Younis was sentenced to death for blasphemy in May 2007. He suffered a serious heart attack in custody in January this year. Arrangements are being made for safe transfer of Younis from jail to an unspecified location by partners of Release international. Source: Release International, Release partners