Report: Pakistani court will hear Bibi appeal

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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hands on prison barsThere's a glimmer of hope in the Asia Bibi case in Pakistan, where a Christian woman is awaiting her fate.      

Convicted of blasphemy in 2010, Asia Bibi has been suffering on death row in Pakistan while being separated from her family, her husband and five children.

Now there is news that the Pakistani Supreme Court will hear her death penalty appeal. 

Shaheyrar Gill, senior litigation counsel with American Center for Law and Justice, says this is good news.

"Hopefully the court will see the errors that have been made in the lower court," Gill says, "and how unjustly this mother of five has been put in prison for almost nine years now."

The case that has made headlines worldwide began with farmhands picking berries. After co-workers told Bibi to get the farmhands water from a nearby well, villagers accused Bibi of drinking water from a cup used by her Muslim neighbors. Bibi defended her Christian faith, then an argument ensued, and soon neighbors were claiming Bibi insulted Islam, the police were called, and she was thrown in jail.

"Nine years in prison for that, "Gill says. "She's away from her family and the conditions of prisons – we can't imagine the conditions of prisons in Pakistan."


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