The blasphemy law is too popular in Pakistan for this sentence to have stood. An update on this story. “Pakistan court suspends death sentence of governor’s killer,” by Shaan Khan for CNN, October 11 (thanks to James):
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A Pakistani court has suspended the death sentence of Mumtaz Qadri, a security guard who killed a liberal politician over the latter’s remarks on the nation’s controversial blasphemy law.
“Qadri was provoked by the governor and should therefore be tried for murder, not an act of terror which is what he was tried for earlier” said his attorney Raja Shuja Ur Rehman in confirming the judge’s decision.
Earlier this month, a terror court in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near Pakistan’s capital, sentenced Qadri to death. The Islamabad High Court suspended the sentence Tuesday until the appeals process is complete….
Police said Qadri, a policeman serving as a security guard for Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer, fatally shot him in a market in Islamabad on January 4 because of Taseer’s remarks on Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law.
Police said Qadri confessed to gunning down the man he was supposed to be protecting….
Taseer, a successful businessman as well as politician, had said Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law is too harsh.
The law makes it a crime punishable by death to insult Islam, the Quran or the Prophet Mohammed. The legislation has been criticized by some as being used to entrap minorities.