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Nov 08, 2018
8:12PM

Pakistan: Asia Bibi freed from jail in blasphemy case

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Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row, has been freed from prison.

Last week's Supreme Court ruling sparked violent protests from Islamists and the government agreed to their demand to stop her leaving Pakistan.

News of her release led to some confusion, with reports she had been taken to another country. But the foreign office later said she was still in Pakistan. 

Asia Bibi's husband had said they were in danger and pleaded for asylum. A number of Western countries are understood to have held discussions with Asia Bibi's family about granting them asylum.

Asia Bibi was released from prison in the city of Multan yesterday and it remains unclear exactly where she is. 

She was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours. 

The Pakistani government has said it will start legal proceedings to prevent her going abroad after agreeing the measure to end the violent protests.

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