Blasphemy case: Judicial remand of girl extended
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Blasphemy case: Judicial remand of girl extended

Islamabad : Pakistan | Aug 31, 2012 at 3:04 AM PDT
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The court has extended the judicial remand of Christian girl accused of blasphemy to 14 days.The girl was presented in the court of judicial magistrate Islamabad Inamullah Khan on Friday. Television footage showed her in court covered in a white sheet to protect her identity. She was surrounded by police.During the proceedings, the judge directed the investigation officer to produce the case’s challan.Upon which, the investigation officer said that the investigation had not been concluded and requested that more time be given.The court, granting the police’s request, extended the girl’s judicial remand for two weeks and directed the officer to conclude the case’s investigation at the earliest.The girl’s lawyer, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, said the court’s decision Friday was procedural, since her initial detention ended the day before. He said he hopes to free her on bail Saturday.The girl belonging to the Christian community who is said to be suffering from Down’s Syndrome has been held since Aug 16 under the strict blasphemy laws, prompting concern from Western governments, the Vatican and rights groups.

Saad Ahmed is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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