Second Christian woman and her disabled husband fight against the death penalty for "blasphemy" in Pakistan
Pakistani Christian couple Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kauser – still waiting to be heard before the Lahore High Court (LHC) – were brought to trial in April 2014 and sent to the Death row put. Shagufta is the second woman after Bibi to receive the death penalty.
The Christian woman Asia Bibi has finally left Pakistan safe after years on death row after she was falsely accused of blasphemy, but the fight for justice is far from over Now there is another impoverished Christian A woman, and the same lawyer in Lahore, Saif-ul Malook, represents both the wife and her Christian husband. The couple was sentenced to death on questionable charges of insulting Islam.
"You have not received a fair trial," Malook told Fox News. "They are innocent."
Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kauser – still waiting for their appeal to be heard by the High Court (LHC) in Lahore – were brought to trial and put on death row in April 2014. Shagufta is the second woman to Bibi, the death penalty should be arranged.
The couple are from the city of Gojra in Punjab province in eastern Pakistan, and lived with their four young children in a parish. Shagufta had the task of making ends meet as a cleaning lady and servant at the church school. Her husband is paralyzed from the waist down after breaking his spine in an accident in 2004.
But in the summer of 2013 her simple life was disturbed.
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According to court documents received from Fox News, fellow Gojra citizen Muhammad Hussain declared on July 18, 2013 in one Mosque prayers when he received a text from an unknown cellphone number containing blasphemous utterances.
He allegedly showed the text to Mosque clerics Muhammad Shabbir and Khalid Maqsood and then turned to his lawyer. Then he and his lawyer claimed they both received more riotous messages, even though the lyrics were written in English and both Shafqat and Shagufta are illiterate and do not speak English or the alphabet.
A copy of Shagufta's National Identity Card was available in personnel files. Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, on behalf of the Christians, is believed to have stolen a copy of their National Identity Card (NIC) from a well-known friend of the complainant who also worked there starts. Majority nation. "He then bought the stolen document to buy the alleged SIM card in their name, and later abused the SIM card to sentence Shagufta and her husband – to work with Muhammad Hussain." on death row in Pakistan
(Courtesy of the British Pakistanian Christian Association.)
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However, the local police subsequently reported the blasphemy case the applicant was arrested on 21 July 2013 on charges of "insulting the Koran" and "insulting the Prophet". The prosecution claimed that the SIM card was bought by Shagufta and her husband from a local JAZZ franchise.
According to Malook, however, there is no evidence that either the texts were sent or the brand chip was purchased. He also claims that under torture Shafqat was forced to make a false confession before the trial.
"I confessed to saving my wife," he said in a statement to his lawyer.
The motive behind registering the case was smoldering fury over a minor dispute that took place six months before the blasphemy charges between their children and their neighbors.
In addition, there were concerns that the judge Mian Amir Habib, who The couple was sentenced to death and was intimidated by die-hard lawyers and religious leaders in the community.
"Five years later, the imprisoned couples are praying for their release and awaiting the resumption of a previously poorly managed appeal," Chowdhry said. "The simple fact that the couple could not write the blasphemous text messages due to hyperphilosophy should lead to their immediate release. In Pakistan, however, the main evidences can often be ignored and even worse manipulated by powerful and wealthy people who want malice. "
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Malook also emphasized that it is serious for the health of man and woman when they languish behind bars, they live in suspense.
"Shagufta needs help from the world, she keeps crying that she can not spend any more time there," he said after seeing her last month. "And Shafqat is disabled on the bed, he can not move. The doctor's latest report shows that his entire back is almost destroyed by the wounds of the bed. He could die in prison.
Activists of the Pakistani religious party Sunni Threek are protesting against the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the acquittal of Aasia Bibi in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. (AP Photo / KM Chaudhry)
Shagufta is detained in the Multan jail while her husband is detained at the Faisalabad District prison about 150 miles away. They have not seen each other since their conviction. Her four children, aged between nine and fifteen, are now in the care of a paternal aunt and fear for their own lives.
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It is reported that there are "reporting errors" that have led to the appeals case being lost in the system, but Malook is confident that he will be presented again and presented to the next judge next month.
And although the overthrow of Bibi's judgment has brought with it some misleading light and hope for others, there are nearly 200 cases of Pakistani Christians indicted for blasphemy and behind bars.
"You are innocent," Malook added. "I do not let Christians die here in our prisons. It's better, I'm suffering than her. "