Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled to suspend Asia Bibi’s execution as they review her blasphemy conviction, which has had Bibi incarcerated for nearly five years.
No hearing date has been set for the mother of five, who is the first woman to receive the death penalty for blasphemy in Pakistan.
Bibi’s lawyer informed reporters outside of the court “the execution of Asia Bibi has been suspended and will remain suspended until the decision of this appeal.”
Asia denies insulting the Prophet Mohammed, saying her Muslim accusers were acting on a personal grudge.
Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan – critics argue laws are frequently misused to settle personal scores, often targeting minorities.
Thousands have protested against her and said they would kill her if she were ever released – including the imam in her own village. Her husband and daughters live in hiding and say they have received many death threats.
Sources: BBC, International Christian Concern