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PAKISTAN: Death Penalty for Alleged Blasphemous Message

A Pakistani Christian man has been sentenced to death after he was accused of sending a Muslim friend a blasphemous WhatsApp message.

On 10 July last year, Yasir Bashir accused Nadeem James of sending him a poem that included derogatory remarks against the Prophet Mohammed and other holy figures.

Later that day the police raided Nadeem’s house to arrest him, but when they did not find him or his brothers at the address, they took his two sisters-in-law into custody. Two days later Nadeem was arrested and the female members of his family were released.

On 14 September Nadeem was found guilty under Section 295-C and 298-A of the Pakistani Penal Code and sentenced to death.

His lawyer Anjum Vakil said his client would appeal the sentence in the High Court as he had been framed by his Muslim friend who was annoyed with his affair with a Muslim girl. He also said that due to security reasons the trial was held in a prison.

Source: Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement

  • Pray for God’s protection over Nadeem James and for the safety of his family during this difficult time.
  • Pray the court will deal with Nadeem James’ case with diligence, fairness and without agenda.
  • Pray that the resolution passed by Pakistan’s National Assembly, to prevent misuse of the Blasphemy Law will take effect around the nation, offering justice and protection to Nadeem James and others like him in years to come.

 

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