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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.

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