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Life imprisonment in Pakistan for “defiling a copy of the Koran”

Posted by James Hammerton @ 11:41 pm on 29 July, 2007.
Categories political liberties, freedom of speech.
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[Hat tip: Pub philosopher]

In Pakistan, Younous Sheikh, the author of a book called “Shaitan Maulvi” (”The Satanic Cleric”), has been sentenced to life imprisonment for “defiling a copy of the Koran”, under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. According to this report in the Gulf Times:

“The court has sent him into jail for life as he described the four Imams as Jews in his book,” public prosecutor Naimat Ali Randhawa said after the court in Karachi sentenced the man on Thursday.
The four Imams were the third generation interpreters of the religion after the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and their views on law are widely respected by Muslims, he said.
The writer also committed blasphemy by saying that stoning to death for adultery was not mentioned in the Qur’an, he added.

2 new sections added to the identity cards briefing document

I’ve added two new sections to my briefing document on the government’s identity scheme, a section describing the obligations individuals will have under the scheme and a section describing the legal powers the government has over individuals under the Identity Cards Act 2006.

I welcome any constructive feedback on the content of these sections, or indeed on the content of the rest of the document.

Glasgow No2ID fundraising gig

Posted by James Hammerton @ 11:30 pm on 16 July, 2007.
Categories privacy and surveillance, British politics, the database state.
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Glasgow’s No2ID group, campaigning against the government’s national identity scheme, have organised a fundraising music gig for the 26th July at Barfly, 260 Clyde Street, Glasgow, doors open at 8pm. Tickets are £5 in advance, £6 on the door. You can buy them here.

The gig takes place on both floors at Barfly, downstairs featuring rock/metal and upstairs for acoustic/experimental music.

Bands appearing include: Mama Mayhem, Serpico, Marshan, Stonesthrow, Warped Memories and Traquair.

See also the No2ID music site on myspace.


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