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Pakistani Scholar Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

Junaid Hafeez is seen in an undated photo published on the website of Bahauddin Zakariya University.

A court in Pakistan Saturday sentenced a 33-year-old scholar, accused of blasphemy, to death after a trial that lasted six years and was mired by delays due to multiple changes in judges and the murder of a defense lawyer.

Junaid Hafeez was charged with insulting the religious beliefs of Muslims of Pakistan, claiming the Quran was derived from Mesopotamian folk tales, and keeping material in his computer that included derogatory remarks about the prophet of Islam.

The initial police report also accused him of running two Facebook groups that posted blasphemous content.

His family and lawyers claimed the charges against read more >>>

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