Pakistan court overturns woman’s death penalty conviction for blasphemy

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who had been sentenced to hang on blasphemy charges.

Bibi spent eight years on death row after being found guilty in 2010 of defiling the name of the Prophet Muhammed in an argument with Muslim colleagues who refused to drink from a bucket of water she had touched.

 

Bibi said the dispute was just a matter of women who disliked her “taking revenge.” The court said there were “glaring contradictions” in the evidence against Bibi.

The case has divided Pakistani society.

The Islamist movement Tehreek-e Labbaik had vowed to protest if Bibi was released, and within hours of the ruling, protests broke out in Islamabad and Lahore.

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