Sunday, June 18, 2017

Facebook, blasphemy and military courts

A military court in Pakistan has sentenced a man to death on charges that include blasphemy. Details here. The News on Sunday reports:
Earlier in the month, 30-year-old Taimoor Raza was sentenced to death, via a military court, for allegedly committing blasphemy on Facebook. This is the first instance of a sentence being handed down, for an alleged crime, committed on social media. Further troubling is the fact that Raza was tried, not through regular courts, but via a military court, because the charge sheet brought against him included counter-terrorism offences as well.

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