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Christian acquitted of blasphemy faces final court hurdle

By The News · 29 of January 2019 03:54:28
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, Saiful Malook, left, then lawyer of Aasia Bibi, briefs media with Bibi's husband Ashiq Masih outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan. The lawyer of a Pakistani Christian woman facing the final ruling on her fate is back in the country, vowing to fight the last legal hurdle with his client who faces death threats from Islamist radicals despite her acquittal in a blasphemy case. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File), No available, FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, Saiful Malook, left, then lawyer of Aasia Bibi, briefs media with Bibi's husband Ashiq Masih outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan. The lawyer of a Pakistani Christian woman facing the final ruling on her fate is back in the country, vowing to fight the last legal hurdle with his client who faces death threats from Islamist radicals despite her acquittal in a blasphemy case. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy faces a final legal hurdle in Pakistan’s Supreme Court that will guarantee her freedom and allow her to join her daughters, who have fled to Canada where they have been given asylum.

The hearing Tuesday is expected to go in favor of Aasia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row before being acquitted Oct. 31, says her lawyer Saiful Malook.

Following her acquittal, radical religious parties took to the streets to protest, calling for the judges’ deaths and filing an 11th hour appeal to review the Supreme Court acquittal.

Malook, who fled the country after receiving death threats, returned to Pakistan for the final review.

Bibi’s case focused international attention on Pakistan’s blasphemy law that carries an automatic death sentence.