30 Dec Pakistani man freed after serving 9 years for blasphemy
A Pakistani man has been exonerated after spending nine years of a life sentence in prison for blasphemy.
Pakistan’s supreme court has ruled that Mohammad Mansha was falsely accused and there was a lack of evidence against him.
exonerated a man convicted of blasphemy after he served nine years of a life sentence in prison.
The 58-year-old was arrested in September 2008 after the imam of a mosque in the Bahawalnagar district in Punjab accused him of desecrating a copy of the Quran, according to reports.
The following year he was convicted of blasphemy and jailed for life.
After his conviction was upheld in 2014 the case moved to the Supreme Court.
His lawyer argued that Mansha had been accused after a complaint by someone who had hearing and speech impediments and therefore could not give adequate testimony.
The prosecution said there was no scientific evidence against Mansha, and that a faulty police investigation led to his acquittal.