After spending four and a half years in prison, Asia Bibi finally has a court hearing.
In June of 2009, Asia Bibi was accused and sentenced to death after being falsely accused of blasphemy. Since then, the court has delayed the case four times.
Asia’s first hearing of the appeal process is set for early spring, May 27.
Judges hearing the case say that they are postponing the case because of threats and pressures from radical Islamist groups. Fearing what the extremist groups might do, the judges avoid the responsibility of deciding what to do with such a delicate case.
Lawyer Mushtag Gill, head of the NGO LEAD, says, “In Asia Bibi’s case, any delay or postponement means denying justice. Too often Christians are considered as ‘secondary class citizens,’ [and] justice is denied, especially when they are accused of blasphemy.”
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