Pakistani Court Dismisses Blasphemy Charges Against Christian Girl

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani court has dismissed charges against a 14-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that drew international outrage.

The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday threw out the case against Rimsha Masih, whose neighbors accused her in August of burning pages from the Quran.

She was arrested and spent three weeks in jail before being released on bail in September.

Police have arrested a Muslim cleric on suspicion that he planted evidence against Rimsha.

Muslim-majority Pakistan has some of the world's toughest penalties against blasphemy. Anyone found guilty of insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad faces the death penalty.