Nadeem Samson, a 42-year-old Christian, was arrested on blasphemy charges in 2017 for allegedly posting blasphemous content on Facebook. On 6 June, however, the Supreme Court of Pakistan granted Samson bail.
Samson’s lawyer however, still believes there is a long road ahead for his client. “The case against Nadeem Samson remains pending in the District Court Lahore and could take years to be finalised,” Saif-ul-Malook, Samson’s attorney, explained.
“Blasphemy charges place the accused at substantial risk. He can be killed while going to court.”
On 24 November 2017, Nadeem Samson was arrested after being accused by Sakhawat Dogar and Abdul Huq of committing blasphemy by posting blasphemous content on Facebook. According to Samson’s family, the false blasphemy accusation was motivated by a property dispute.
Huq reportedly used Samson’s phone number, posted on Samson’s herbal medicine website, to create a fake Facebook account in Samson’s name. Huq and Dogar posted blasphemous content to this Facebook account and used it to falsely accuse Samson of blasphemy.
In response to the accusation, police raided Samson’s home, confiscated his mobile phone and laptop computer, and arrested Samson. In police custody, Samson was tortured into giving a false confession.
In Pakistan, false accusations of blasphemy are widespread and often motivated by personal vendettas or religious hatred. Accusations are highly inflammatory and have the potential to spark mob lynchings, vigilante murders, and mass protests.
Source: International Christian Concern, Union of Catholic Asian News
Let us pray.
- Ask the Lord to intervene in Nadeem Samson’s case. Pray that truth and justice will be pursued and that the case against him will be resolved
- Ask for God’s shield of protection to be around Nadeem, his family and his lawyer.
- Pray for all those with blasphemy cases against them in Pakistan. Including Zafar Bhatti, who has been in prison since 2012 and has been sentenced to death.