The accused of blasphemy acquitted from the Supreme Court after 17 years

This is the second case in recent BBC judiciary that a person has been acquitted in a blasphemy case.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has acquitted the subordinate courts on the basis of non-evidence, Vijiah-ul-Hassan, who was sentenced to death in a blasphemy case.

Vajiyaul Hassan is currently imprisoned in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

This is the second case in the recent history of the judiciary that a person has been acquitted in a case of blasphemy. Earlier in October 2018, the Supreme Court acquitted Christian woman Asia Bibi of absence of solid evidence in a similar case.

Vijia-ul-Hassan’s case of blasphemy was registered in 1999 in Lahore’s police station, Iqbal Town, alleging that he had written to Ismail Qureshi, a lawyer, based on propaganda against Islam.

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In 2002, Sessions Court of Lahore sentenced Vijayahul Hasan to death and the appeal filed against this decision was upheld after the Lahore High Court in 2010 rejected the subordinate court’s decision.

The first hearing of the appeal filed in the Supreme Court by Wajia-ul-Hassan against the Lahore High Court decision was heard in 2015.

On Wednesday, the appeal was heard by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah in Islamabad, while lawyers argued in favor of and against this appeal through a video link from Lahore.

Vijia-ul-Hassan’s lawyer argued that her client had been implicated in the case under a conspiracy while the letter to the plaintiff was not written by her client but by a person named Hasan Murshed Masih.

The lawyer said his client was sentenced for a crime he did not commit.

Defending plaintiff’s lawyer Amjad Rafiq opposed the appeal, saying that the culprit Vijiah al-Hassan was writing to his client, expressing himself as a good mentor Christ.

The plaintiff’s lawyer said that when the accused did not cease to insult the Prophet Islam, then his client filed a case against Vijaya Hussain in the police station.

It is pertinent to mention that the plaintiff’s case also took a decision from the Federal Shariah Court in this regard, stating that blasphemy or blasphemy is a death sentence.

The plaintiff’s lawyer said that Wajih-ul-Hassan confessed to writing the letters that had been written to his client in the presence of two persons. He said that in addition to the presence of the magistrate, a sample of the accused’s writings was taken, which, comparing the letters to the writings, an expert writing confirmed that the writing was identical.

Giving the remarks, the chief of the bench said that according to the expert writing, it is likely that the accused’s writings resembled the letter, but he did not give any conclusive opinion on the matter.

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The court said that in the ASEAN BB case it was made clear that the punishment for blasphemy was death but it was the prosecution’s responsibility to prove it.

After hearing the arguments of the parties, the Supreme Court reversed the death sentence awarded to Vijayahul Hasan by subordinate courts.

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