Sawan Masih’s Appeal submitted to Lahore High Court

On April 1 Sawan Masih launched an appeal against the death sentence he was given under Pakistan’s blasphemy law on March 27.

Sawan was sentenced by additional district and sessions judge Lahore Chaudhry Ghulam Mustafa for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a conversation with a Muslim friend in Lahore’s Joseph Colony last March.

Days after the decision CLAAS submitted an appeal to Lahore High Court, raising serious questions about the police investigation and prosecution.

Mr. Naeem Shakir, Mr. Tahir Bashir and Mr. Nasir Anjum will represent Sawan Masih behalf of CLAAS in the criminal appeal.

The legal team prepared the challenge within two days, despite having a time limit of up to seven days.

Savan signed a Power of Attorney in the company of his wife Sobia Bibi and  Lawyer Mr. Tahir Bashir in the jail.

Over 178 Christian homes were burnt down by a Muslim mob following the allegations being made against Sawan.

He has always denied the charges against him, stating that they have been made up in a bid to grab his land.

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