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Christian girl cleared of blasphemy

Published 20/11/2012 | 09:29

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A Pakistani police officer and a volunteer escort a young Christian girl accused of blasphemy away from a prison in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (AP)

A Christian girl accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Koran has been acquitted by a court in Pakistan.

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Defence lawyer Abdul Hameed said the order in Islamabad exonerated his client due to a lack of evidence and dismissed the charges against her, concluding that they were based on heresy and incriminating material which was planted in the girl's possession.

The case caused an international outcry over Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, which are very popular in the country.

A Muslim cleric was later accused of stashing pages of a Koran in the girl's bag to make it look as though she had burned the Islamic holy book.

Police also found the girl appeared to be under age and mentally impaired.

Pakistan's blasphemy laws carry life in prison or the death sentence.

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