Thursday, August 22, 2013

Rimsha accused goes free

Cleric acquitted due to ‘insufficient evidence’

Rights activist Basharat Khokhar, left; Mizrak Masih, centre;
daughter Rimsha, right, in early 2013, after her release.
The Muslim cleric suspected of framing Pakistani Christian girl Rimsha Masih has been acquitted.

The district court found there was insufficient evidence to convict Imam Khalid Jadoon Chishti, who was suspected of planting the burnt pages of some Islamic texts into the teenager’s bag.

Rimsha was arrested at the age of 14 in August last year and jailed after angry crowds threatened to burn Christian homes in the sector of Islamabad where her family lived.


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