Pak Supreme Court absolves man of blasphemy after 9 years of imprisonment

Updated: Dec 30, 2017, 13:24 IST | ANI

A Pakistani man, accused of blasphemy, has been absolved of the charges against him after having spent over nine years in jail

Representation pic
Representation pic

A Pakistani man, accused of blasphemy, has been absolved of the charges against him after having spent over nine years in jail. Pakistan's Supreme Court absolved the 58-year-old of the blasphemy charges for want of evidence, reported the Dawn.

The star witness in the case was a person suffering from hearing and speech impairment and, therefore, could not even be termed a witness under the Evidence Act, argued the defence counsel. After hearing the arguments, a Supreme Court bench absolved the accused of the charges with the observation that the person, who misleadingly alleged others of desecration of the Holy Quran, in fact committed blasphemy.

The man was arrested for allegedly desecrating pages of the Holy Quran in a mosque in 2008. The man was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2009. The Lahore High Court upheld the sentence in 2014. Pakistan's Supreme Court took up the case the same year and provided the accused a state counsel, the report said.

Catch up on all the latest Mumbai, National and International news here

Download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get updates on all the latest and trending stories on the go

Trending videos

Raj Thackeray can't believe election result!

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK