Rimsha Masih freed in blasphemy case

rimsha--masih ISLAMABAD: A Christian girl accused of blasphemy was on Saturday released on bail after more than three weeks in jail, officials said. Rimsha Masih was arrested on August 16 for allegedly burning pages containing verses from the Quran but was released from a prison in Rawalpindi after a court on Friday accepted her bail application. Paul Bhatti, minister for national harmony, told AFP that Rimsha was flown by helicopter to be reunited with her family. “She has been freed from the jail and was transported by a helicopter to a safe place. Her family members received her,” he said. Private news channels broadcast footage of the girl wearing a traditional baggy green shirt and dark green trousers stepping out of an armoured vehicle and sitting in a helicopter. Rimsha’s lawyer, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, confirmed her release after two guarantors submitted a surety bond guaranteeing that the girl would reappear before court at the court’s choosing.

Source AFP

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