Death sentence temporarily stayed for Pakistani Christian woman charged with blasphemy
- Pakistan’s Supreme Court issued the decision as they prepare to hear an appeal against the conviction of Asia Bibi, a mother of four who became the first woman sentenced to death under the law.
- Blasphemy laws are ill-defined in Pakistan and often connected to personal conflicts and extortion, making the rate of convictions high.
- Two politicians who intervened on behalf of Bibi were murdered, inhibiting calls for legal reform.
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