Blasphemy case: SC acquitted Asia Bibi after eight years

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Islamabad (Web Desk) The Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges, declaring the death penalty handed down to her  by a trial court null and void.
The verdict on her final appeal against her execution was reserved by a special three-member bench  on October 8.
The bench ruled that Asia Bibi be released if she is not facing anymore charges.
The verdict was announced by a special bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar at 9am. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel were the other members of the bench.
While reserving the verdict after hearing, the top court had restrained both electronic and print media from discussing or commenting on the matter till the final judgement.
Asia Bibi, a Christian accused of blasphemy eight years ago, was awarded death sentence  over blasphemy charges.
A case was filed against her by a prayer leader in Katanwala village of Nankana Sahib.
The prayer leader said Asia had confessed to committing blasphemy during an argument with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water. She was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 and has been in jail ever since.

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