If Muhammad Asghar had never claimed to be a prophet, he wouldn’t face a death sentence. Alas:
A court in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi has sentenced a 70-year-old British man to death after convicting him of blasphemy. Muhammad Asghar was arrested in 2010 after writing letters to various people claiming to be a prophet, reports say. …
Asghar, who is from Edinburgh, Scotland, was accused of writing letters to police officers claiming to be a prophet. He is thought to have lived in Pakistan for several years. …
His lawyer says she will launch an appeal against the verdict, which was delivered late on Thursday. Higher courts in Pakistan have been known to overturn blasphemy verdicts handed down in lower courts because of insufficient evidence.
Asgharn has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and had treatment at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Edinburgh.
Last month, another septuagenarian Briton, Masood Ahmed, was jailed in Pakistan on blasphemy charges. Mr. Ahmed is an Ahmadi; Ahmadis are a Muslim sect whose members believe there was a prophet after Allah. Under Pakistani law, they can be imprisoned for “outraging Muslims’ feelings.”
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