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Court grants bail to Rimsha Masih, but is she free from jail?

Tarek Fatah
Toronto, Canada

Sep 7, 2012 — ISLAMABAD: An additional sessions judge granted bail to a Christian girl accused of blasphemy, in a case that has sparked an international outcry.

Judge Muhammad Azam Khan ordered the release of Rimsha Masih, who was arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb on August 16 accused of burning papers containing verses from the Quran. “I accept her bail application,” Khan announced to a packed courtroom. “The bail application has been accepted against two sureties of Rs500,000 each.”

Campaigners stepped up calls for her release after police on Saturday arrested a cleric for allegedly tampering with the evidence.

His deputy and two assistants said Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti tried to bolster the case against the girl by planting pages from the Koran among the burnt papers that were brought to him.

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