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Pakistan court grants bail to Christian 'blasphemy' girl

Published on Sep 7, 2012 4:00 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A Pakistani court on Friday granted bail to a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, in a case that has sparked an international outcry.

Judge Muhammad Azam Khan ordered the release of Rimsha Masih, who was arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb on August 16 accused of burning papers containing verses from the Koran.

"I accept her bail application," Mr Khan announced to a packed courtroom.

"The bail application has been accepted against two sureties of 500,000 rupees ($6,500) each."

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