Pakistan court clears Christian facing death penalty for blasphemy

A Christian who was accused in 2010 of committing blasphemy in Pakistan has been acquitted, meaning she will be able to walk free.

Asia Bibi faced the death penalty after she was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammad during in a row with a neighbor about a bucket of water 8 years ago.

Bibi maintained her innocence and has spent much of the last 8 years in solitary confinement.

However, now the Supreme Court has set her free, which has caused violent protests by hardliners in the country.

She told AFP: “I can’t believe what I am hearing, will I go out now? Will they let me out, really?

“I just don’t know what to say, I am very happy, I can’t believe it.”

The blasphemy laws hold significant support in Pakistan, and although no one has been executed under them some have been lynched or murdered.