Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan plans appeal

Asia Bibi, whose death sentence for blasphemy was upheld last week by the Lahore High Court, plans to appeal to Pakistan's Supreme Court.
By JC Finley  |  Oct. 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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ISLAMABAD, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted in 2010 for blasphemy and sentenced to death, plans to appeal to the Supreme Court to reverse the verdict, her attorney said.

The mother of five was found guilty by a Pakistani district court of blasphemy for disrespecting the Prophet Mohammad when she challenged her fellow field workers' refusal to drink from the same water bucket because she was not Muslim.

On Oct. 16, the Lahore High Court upheld the lower court's verdict, a decision Human Rights Watch called a "disgrace to Pakistan's judiciary."

The European Union was "saddened and deeply concerned by the decision" to uphold Bibi's conviction, a spokesperson said in a statement, adding "We hope that the verdict will be appealed to the Supreme Court and struck down swiftly."

Naeem Shakir, Bibi's attorney, told CNN that he would file the appeal once he receives a detailed copy of the High Court's judgement. "I have a very strong case, I am sure the Supreme Court will provide us with relief. There is no concrete evidence against Asia Bibi, and the courts are only relying on the statement on those two women."

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