Italy Offers to Take In Pakistani Christian Woman Acquitted Of Blasphemy

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said he would do “everything humanly possible” to secure Bibi’s safety in his country or in another European country.

Bibi, a 51-year-old farmhand, and a Pakistani Christian woman, was accused of blasphemy after a dispute with her fellow Muslim workers over her drinking water from the same cup as them.

They accused her of insulting the prophet Muhammad, a charge which she denied. But Bibi was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010.

But she was acquitted.

In a 56-page verdict issued after the ruling, the three-judge bench appeared to side with Bibi and have said that the case against the 51-year-old illiterate farmhand was built around her fellow Muslim workers, who appeared mad that she might drink from the same vessel as them.

She was ordered by a local landlord to bring water to the women on a day while they were picking berries.

Following her acquittal, extreme religious groups called for the deaths of the three Supreme Court judges who acquitted her.

They also called for a military revolt against army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Bibi is reported to be detained in an undisclosed but secure location inside Pakistan.

Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, has appealed to the United Kingdom asking for asylum.  He also tried asking for help from Canada and the United States.

The attorney who represented Bibi, Saif-ul-Mulook, is reported to be in fear for his life and is seeking asylum from the Netherlands as well…

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