She was never put on trial. More on the abuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy law: “Mentally-ill Pakistan ‘blasphemer’ is released,” by M. Ilyas Khan for BBC News, July 23 (thanks to Davida):
A court in Pakistan has ordered the release of a mentally-ill woman who was charged with desecrating the Koran, the Muslim holy book, in 1996.
Zaibun Nisa, 60, was never put on trial and her relatives did not contest her arrest, her lawyer said.
Pakistan’s blasphemy law prescribes the death sentence for anyone found guilty of insulting the Prophet Muhammad or the Koran.
Note once again the standard mainstream media assumption that we are all Muslims now, revering Muhammad as a prophet.
Human rights groups have been campaigning for its repeal.
They say that the legal procedures involved are weighed against those accused of blasphemy.
On Monday, unidentified gunmen killed two brothers accused of blasphemy in the premises of a Pakistani court.
“Zaibun Nisa was declared mentally ill by a medical board soon after her arrest in 1996, but she was still sent to jail,” her lawyer, Aftab Ahmad Bajwa, told the media after the court orders on Thursday.
“There was no evidence linking her to the crime,” he said.
A police official, requesting anonymity, said she was arrested to defuse the tension – but everyone forgot about her when she was sent to jail.
Her family did not pursue the case probably due to fear of a public backlash, he said.
In Pakistan, people accused of blasphemy and their family members have often been lynched or killed by mobs.
The complainant in the case was Qari Hafeez, a cleric from Lahore who reported to the police that he had found torn pages of the Koran thrown in a drain.
The police lodged a complaint against unknown offenders….
Qari Hafeez told the media in Lahore on Thursday he did not name Zaibun Nisa as an offender in the case.
“Police acted on their own initiative to arrest the woman,” he said….