Victory for blasphemy-accused girl17 January 2013
Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a final attempt to reopen a blasphemy case brought against a young girl thought to have Down's Syndrome, bringing a close to the legal proceedings on the matter.
On 20 November 2012, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered that the case against Rimsha Masih, the Catholic girl accused of blasphemy the previous August, be thrown out. Her accuser's lawyers filed an appeal against the decision last week and this was heard yesterday by a bench of three judges, including the Chief Justice. The prosecution has now exhausted its appeal options.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said the ruling was "significant" in the context of Pakistan's blasphemy law debate.
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