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Man Sentenced To Death Over Facebook Post

During trial Taimoor Raza was found guilty of committing blasphemy and was sentenced to death During trial Taimoor Raza was found guilty of committing blasphemy and was sentenced to death
Ellis Copeland | 12 June, 2017, 15:02

An anti-terrorism court handed Taimoor Raza, who allegedly committed the crime on Facebook, a harsh of the verdict to discourage social media dissent from others in the country.

ATC Judge Shabir Ahmed announced the sentence for the 30-year-old accused in Bahawalpur.

According to the court, the offender posted derogatory content about prominent Sunni religious figures and the Prophet Muhammad and his views on Facebook.

Under Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, any person found guilt of insulting Islam or Prophet Muhammad can be sentenced to death.

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An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has handed the death penalty to a man, just because he had commented something on Facebook. At least 15 Pakistanis are said to have been arrested by the counterterrorism department under the umbrella of blasphemy, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Earlier this year the Interior Minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Nisar threatened to block all websites with "blasphemous content" in the country whatsoever.

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Blasphemy has been a contentious issue in the country where people have been murdered over allegations of blasphemy.

Mr Raza was arrested previous year after a man he engaged in an online debate with about Islam revealed himself to be a counter-terrorism agent, according to defence lawyer Rana Fida Hussain.

However, human rights defenders have expressed concern and opine that the stringent blasphemy laws are used as a tool to carry out personal vendettas.

Raza's brother claims that their family is poor, but most members are literate.

A 10-year-old boy was killed last month when a violent mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man for his "insulting" religious expression.

The man's lawyer has now come out saying they'll appeal the conviction.

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