Two Pakistani Christians Given Death Sentences on Blasphemy Charges

Not even two months after Christian mother Asia Bibi was acquitted of charges of blasphemy, two more believers have received death sentences. Lehore natives Qaisar and Amoon Ayub were detained in 2015 as a result of one of the men was accused of publishing objectionable content against the Islamic faith on their website.

The brothers have been held in the Jhelum District Jail since their arrest, where they awaited trial.

On December 13, their case was heard within the walls of the prison due to security concerns. Vatican Newsreports that additional Session judge Javed Iqbal Bosal sound both of the men guilty and gave them death sentences.

Since the beginning of the ordeal, the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) has been representing Quisar and Amoon.

“CLAAS has decided to challenge the decision before the Lahore High Court Bench at Rawalpindi as soon as possible,” the organization stated in a press release on the case. “CLAAS believes that in blasphemy cases the judges always remain under threat from religious fanatics and that is why the trial judges convict those accused of blasphemy.”

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Source: Christian Headlines

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