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Pakistan 'blasphemy' girl's case sent to juvenile court

Published on Sep 24, 2012 5:29 PM
Rimsha Masih, (right), a Christian girl accused of blasphemy sits in helicopter after her release from jail in Rawalpindi on Sept 8, 2012. Masih was arrested on Aug 16 for allegedly burning pages containing verses from the Koran but she was released from a prison in Rawalpindi after a court accepted her bail application. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A judge on Monday ordered police to refer the case of a Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy to a juvenile court, following a medical report that said she was 14.

Rimsha Masih spent three weeks on remand in an adult jail after she was arrested on Aug 16 for allegedly burning pages from the Quran in a case that prompted worldwide condemnation.

Police on Saturday told the court the girl was not guilty and a cleric who allegedly framed her should face trial instead.

"We have received the medical report which says she is aged 14. The investigation report of her case must be submitted in a juvenile court," a judge said on Monday.

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