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Court acquits Christian girl of blasphemy

(LONDON DAILY MAIL) A Christian girl accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Koran has been acquitted by a Pakistani court, her lawyer said.

Rimsha Masih, 11, faced the death penalty after being arrested in Islamabad in August when her neighbour Mohammed Khalid Chishti, a Muslim cleric, accused her of desecrating the holy book.

The cleric was later accused of ‘framing’ Masih by fabricating evidence in a case that went to the highest levels of the Pakistani government and sparked international outrage at the country’s strict blasphemy laws.