Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pakistan: Christian 'Blasphemy' Girl Freed

A Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan has been released on bail after more than three weeks in prison.

Rimsha Masih, 14, was arrested on August 16 for allegedly burning pages containing verses from the Koran but was released from a prison in Rawalpindi after a court on Friday accepted her bail application.

Paul Bhatti, Pakistan's minister for national harmony, said Rimsha was flown by helicopter to be reunited with her family.

"She has been freed from the jail and was transported by a helicopter to a safe place. Her family members received her."

A Pakistan television channel broadcast footage of the girl wearing a traditional baggy green shirt and dark green trousers stepping out of an armoured vehicle and sitting in a helicopter.

Her lawyer, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, confirmed her release after two people submitted a surety bond guaranteeing that the girl would reappear before court at a specified time.

Under Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, burning a sacred text is punishable with life imprisonment. Read More