Jun 12, 2017
'Facebook blasphemer' given death penalty
A man accused of posting blasphemous content to Facebook has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan. The public prosecutor involved said he believed it was the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case related to social media. Raza will be able to appeal against the death penalty at Lahore High Court and then, if required, in Pakistan's Supreme Court. The Express Tribune, a local newspaper, reported that the verdict came days after a college professor was refused bail in another case involving accusations of blasphemy on social media in Pakistan. The developments come seven years after a Pakistan court temporarily blocked local access to Facebook after the social network was used to promote a contest to draw images of Prophet Muhammad - an act considered to be offensive by many Muslims.
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