Friday, 21 February 2014

Mohammad Asghar

According to many media reports (see here and here) a court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan has sentenced a 70-yr old British National, Mohammad Asghar, to death for blasphemy.

Asghar had become embroiled in a property dispute with a local man, who later raised a case of blasphemy and provided the (unsent) letters to the Police in 2010, at which point Asghar was arrested.

During his trial his legal team were dismissed, and the state nominated replacement presented no evidence in his defence.

Asghar, who is from Edinburgh, Scotland has been diagnosed in the UK as a paranoid schizophrenic and has a history of mental illness, although this evidence was not accepted by the court.

There have been a number of campaigns for his release:

Amnesty International

Open Letter to Pakistan Persident Mamnoon Hussain by a number of UK orgs

Petition on Change.Org

Article by Sadiq Khan, Shadow Justice Secretary

BFTF has signed the petition, Tweeted a thank you to the ISB for signing the Open Letter and asked the MCB why they didn't sign it too.

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