Pakistan court convicts 31 over campus lynching of student accused of blasphemy

PESHAWAR, canada goose uk outlet Pakistan (Reuters) A Pakistani canada goose coats court on Wednesday convicted 31 people over the campus lynching of a Canada Goose Outlet university uk canada goose student who was falsely canada goose black friday sale accused of blasphemy, and sentenced one cheap canada goose uk of them to death, a defense lawyer said.

Policemen keep guard near the central prison where a court convicted 31people over the campus lynching of a university student buy canada goose jacket cheap last year who was falsely accused of blasphemy, and sentenced one of them to death, in Haripur, Pakistan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

The killing of student Mashal Khan, 23, last year sparked an outcry and raised fresh questions about the misuse of Canada Goose sale a harsh blasphemy law, which stipulates the death sentence for insulting Islam or the Prophet Muhammad.

Barrister Ameerullah Chamkani told Reuters one of the 31 accused had been sentenced to death, five were jailed for life and the other 25 were jailed for four Canada Goose Parka years.

The court acquitted 26 others out of a total of 57 people indicted https://www.canadagoosejacketsalesca.co.uk by a court late last year.

Chamkani said one of the convicts, Imran Ali, had been sentenced to death because he had shot Mashal three times.

The accused were students, teachers and some officials of Abdul Wali Khan University named after a secular political leader in buy canada goose jacket northwest Pakistan.

They all pleaded not guilty in the trial conducted at a high security Canada Goose Coats On Sale prison due to threats to defense lawyers and cheap Canada Goose government prosecutors, Chamkani said.

Lawyers for those convicted were not available for Canada Goose Jackets comment.

Khan, a Muslim, was known as an intellectually curious student who liked to debate controversial social, political and religious canada goose coats on sale issues.

He was attacked and killed by a mob on the campus on April canadian goose jacket 13 after a dormitory debate about religion.

Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan, where insulting Islam prophet is punishable by death, though no executions have been carried out canada goose for blasphemy.

Even canada goose clearance a uk canada goose outlet rumor of blasphemy can spark mob violence and there have been cases of people misusing the law to settle scores.

At least 67 people canada goose sale have been killed over unproven blasphemy canada goose clearance sale allegations since 1990, according to human rights groups.

MY STRUGGLE In 2011, a bodyguard assassinated Canada Goose Online the liberal governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, after he called for the blasphemy laws to be reformed.

His killer, Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed last year, canada goose uk black friday has been hailed as a martyr by religious Canada Goose online hardliners.

A political party founded in Qadri honor has made blasphemy its central issue in the run up to a general election later this year.

The party last year forced the canada goose store government to retract within a day canada goose factory sale a change in electoral laws canada goose uk shop that it deemed blasphemous.

Party supporters also blocked the main road into Islamabad for nearly three weeks last year in a protest against a law minister they accused of blasphemy.

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