15th November 08:22 AM
Pakistani woman pleads for asylum in West
By Lena Reece
Sunday 04/11/2018
Protesters demonstrate against Asia Bibi's acquittal, holding a poster showing a noose around her neck [Photo: BBC]

The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada.

Asia Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, said they were in great danger in Pakistan.

The Supreme Court overturned Asia Bibi's conviction saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.

Her acquittal sparked violent protests, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.

On Saturday, her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he feared for his life.

Several countries have offered her asylum.

[Source: BBC]

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