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Christian girl freed in Pakistan blasphemy case

Published on Sep 8, 2012 9:25 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan was on Saturday released on bail after more than three weeks in jail, officials said, in a case that has sparked an international outcry.

Rimsha Masih was arrested on Aug 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.

Mr Paul Bhatti, Pakistan's minister for national harmony, told AFP that 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," he said.

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