The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 20, 2012
 

Pakistan quashes Christian girl 'blasphemy' case: Lawyers

 
 

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A Pakistan court on Tuesday threw out all charges against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that drew international condemnation, lawyers said.

Miss Rimsha Masih, 14, spent three weeks on remand in an adult jail after she was arrested on August 16 for allegedly burning pages from the Koran in a case that prompted worldwide condemnation.

She was released on bail in September and police have since told the courts that she was not guilty and that a cleric who allegedly framed her should face trial instead.

"The court has quashed the case, declaring Rimsha innocent," her lawyer Akmal Bhatti said.