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+++ Asia Bibi acquitted: lawyer, “we are very scared of what may happen” +++

(SIR-ACN) “We are very scared of what may happen. There are many extremists in this country”, Asia’s lawyer, Saif ul-Malook, told ACN and SIR news agency. Malook was not allowed to personally inform his defendant. “That was a Supreme Court order, but I was given permission to call the prison in which Asia was detained and ask that she be informed”. As the lawyer explained, it will take a few more days before the woman is released. “The verdict must be delivered to Lahore High Court and then to Multan prison”. Meanwhile, there are fears for the safety of Asia’s relatives and anyone who has helped in her acquittal. My family and I are in serious danger – Malook continued – especially because I am a Muslim who defends a Christian who was accused of blasphemy”. The Pakistani authorities have stepped up security throughout the country, especially in areas where Christians and other minorities live. There are fears of massacres such as those perpetrated in Gojra in 2009 and in Joseph Colony in 2013. “The situation is tense – the lawyer said – but today we thank God for this historic moment, for justice has finally been done for Asia Bibi, after 9 years and a half!”.

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