PAKISTAN: High Court Upholds Death Sentence for Asia Bibi
The Lahore High Court in Pakistan has upheld the death penalty for Asia Bibi, the Christian woman convicted of blasphemy in 2010. Asia Bibi’s appeal against the sentence passed by a lower court was rejected. Her lawyers have vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court.
Asia Bibi was found guilty of making derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with a group of Muslim women. Bibi has consistently denied the allegations against her, saying they stemmed from an argument with the women over a pot of water.
“I met Asia in prison a month ago. She’s fine and was hoping to hear good news, but, alas, our ordeal is not over yet,” said Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, after the High Court decision.