Persecuted Christian Asia Bibi Again Acquitted, Again May Go Free

A Christian accused because of her Biblical testimony under Pakistan's laws against so-called blasphemy, which in rational interpretation would refer to the direct sacrilege of only the living God, not a mere prophet, whomever he may be, Asia Bibi received a second ruling for her freedom and another promise to be able to return home. (Christianity Today photo)

Christianity Today – Today, Jan. 29, the Supreme Court of Pakistan upheld its decision to acquit Asia Bibi.

In one of the most high-profile Christian persecution cases in the past decade, Bibi spent eight years in prison convicted of blasphemy against the (founder if Islam) Muhammad—which is a crime punishable by death in the Islamic Republic—until the Supreme Court rejected her conviction last October.

The acquittal stated that while “blasphemy is a serious offense,” truth tainted with “falsehood” could not be the basis for her conviction in a lower trial court. A review petition was filed the next day by the local cleric who levied the allegations against Bibi in the first place, Muhammad Salaam.

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