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Christian man appeals Pakistan blasphemy death sentence

Published on Apr 1, 2014 6:47 PM
 
Sobia Sawan (second right), wife of of Pakistani Christian man Sawan Masih, walks with her daughters Noor (right) and Romika (third right), outside her house in Lahore on March 28, 2014. A Pakistani man sentenced to death for blasphemy appealed against his conviction Tuesday, April 1, 2014, saying the charges were trumped up to speed the eviction of minority Christians from their land. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE (AFP) - A Pakistani man sentenced to death for blasphemy appealed against his conviction Tuesday, saying the charges were trumped up to speed the eviction of minority Christians from their land.

Sawan Masih was convicted last week of insulting the Prophet Mohammed during a conversation with a Muslim friend in the Joseph Colony neighbourhood of Lahore in March last year.

"We have filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court against the death sentence awarded to Sawan Masih and called for his acquittal and release from jail," his lawyer Naeem Shakir told AFP.

More than 3,000 Muslims rampaged through Joseph Colony, torching some 100 Christian homes in Pakistan's second-largest city, after the allegations against Masih emerged.

 
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