Court grants bail to Rimsha Masih accused of blasphemy
September 7th, 2012 by Faisal Farooq | No Comment |
Judge Muhammad Azam Khan directed Rimsha’s lawyer to submit two surety bonds worth Rs 500, 000 each.
The minor girl, who is suffering from Down's Syndrome, was arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb on August 16 and accused of burning papers containing verses from the Holy Quran.
The counsel for Rimsha had submitted before the court that the girl was entitled to bail as she was a minor and that the FIR lodged by the police did not say that she desecrated a copy of the holy Quran.
On the other side, the complainant’s lawyer alleged that the girl had confessed to her guilt and hence was not entitled for bail.
The investigation officer informed the court that Khalid Jadoon, the cleric who had been accused of tampering evidence, had deliberately added pages of the holy Quran to the plastic bag that the minor girl was carrying.
However, the counsel for complainant alleged that the police, including the investigating officer, and doctors were manipulating the case to get the girl freed under international pressure.
He was of the opinion that they feared the accused would be immediately sent abroad if bail was granted and that then the case would come to an end.
Earlier, Islamabad police arrested Khalid Jadoon after Hafiz Muhammad Zubair, the eyewitness, claimed in a statement before the magistrate that he (Jadoon) changed the evidence to make the case strong.
While on Sunday, a local magistrate court handed over Khalid Jadoon, the prayer leader who allegedly fabricated evidences against an accused Christine girl for blasphemy, to Adiala police on 14 days judicial remand.
Earlier on September 3, the hearing of a petition filed for the release of Rimsha Masih was postponed till Friday due to the strike of lawyers in Islamabad.