Friday, September 7, 2012

Bishops get partial credit for releasing prisoner

CCCB among parties acknowledged for the release of Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy

The B.C. Catholic has a story by CCN's Deborah Gyapong about a letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops that was seen as one of the interventions that led to the release of a Down's Syndrome Pakistani girl accused of burning the Quran:
Some news reports indicate the girl may have been framed by an extremist religious leader.
“She just came out on bail,” said Bhatti, who is the brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, the assassinated former minorities minister and first Christian in the Pakistan government’s cabinet. “Her case is not finished yet, and we’re not sure how long it will go.”
In the meantime, the girl and her family continue to need protection from extremists who have threatened to burn the family alive and threatened the girl's 1500-member Christian community. Most of those Chrisitians have gone into hiding.
“I would like to thank the Canadian Catholic bishops’ conference for intervening in this issue,” Bhatti said.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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