Facebook blasphemy: Pakistani man sentenced to death for insulting Prophet Muhammad

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Pakistani human rights activists condemn the killing of a Christian couple during a demonstration in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Police in Pakistan said Tuesday a Muslim mob has beaten to death a Christian couple and burned their bodies in a brick kiln where they worked over them allegedly desecrating the Quran. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) (The Associated Press)

Published June 11, 2017

A 30-year-old Pakistani man has been sentenced to death by a counterterrorism court, following the conviction on charges he insulted the Prophet Muhammed and his wives on Facebook, officials said Sunday.

Taimoor Raza, who belongs to the minority Shia sect in the Sunni-dominant country, was arrested last year following an online argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counterterrorism agent.

Raza’s defense lawyer, Fida Hussain Rana, stated that his client was initially charged only for insulting remarks about other religious personalities, which carries…

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