Pakistani Christian, sentenced to death, denied family hug

Thursday, February 12, 2015
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

The family of a Pakistani Christian woman who is facing the death penalty for blasphemy is experiencing threats as they await her fate by a court.   

Asia Bibi, the first woman in Pakistan ever to be sentenced to death under the blasphemy law, was sentenced for insulting the prophet Muhammad, a charge she has denied.  Her appeals case is pending before the highest court in Pakistan.

Tiffany Barrans, international legal director at the American Center for Law and Justice, says the last several years in prison haven't been easy for Bibi or for her husband and kids, who have been without the mother and wife for five years.

Barrans

"She has very limited access to her family in large part because her family has been threatened," Barrans tells OneNewsNow.

Barrans recounts a recent visitation: "And on their recent visit, they even asked the warden would they allow her - what we would call an in-person visitation - would they allow her to come out from behind the bars, so that they could embrace her. And the warden refused. And they said that she tried to love on them from the distance of the bars and with the bars between them."

ACLJ is not directly representing Bibi but is working as an advocate for her, including a petition that anyone can sign on her behalf. It has more than 254,000 names so far. 

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