#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:July.25: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily suspended the death sentence of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, accused of blasphemy, Reuters reported, citing her lawyer.
The farm worker and mother of four became the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law in 2010. The Supreme Court will soon begin hearing an appeal against her conviction, according to lawyer Saif-ul-Malook.
The case hit global headlines after the murder of two politicians who tried to intervene on the woman’s behalf.
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#AceNewsServices – Editors Post:EGYPT:April.11: An Egyptian court has sentenced Mohamed Badie, the head of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other senior members of the organization, to death for urging chaos and violence, a judge said in a televised address, Reuters reported.
‘ Court Sentences Muslim Brotherhood Leader & 13 to Death ‘
A US-Egyptian national Mohamed Soltan has also been sentenced to life behind bars for supporting the outlawed group.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide Mohamed Badie was convicted for setting up a ‘control room’ from which he and other Brotherhood figures directed the group’s acts of violence and chaos across Egypt. (AFP/File)
A Cairo criminal court sentenced Mohamed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide, and 13 other leading members of the group to death on Monday for inciting murder in the now infamous case known in the media as “Rabaa control room.”
The 14 convicted include the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mahmoud Ghozlan, Saad El-Hossainy, Salah Soltan and Fathy Shehab.
The 14 members of the Brotherhood, which was declared a “terrorist organisation” in 2013, were found guilty of “plotting attacks aimed at sowing chaos” across the country, state news agency MENA reported.
Badie and the 13 other defendants were accused of setting up a control room to direct the movements of Brotherhood supporters across the country. Defense lawyer Ahmad Helmi, who called the verdicts “farcical” in an interview with reporters [BBC report], said the decision was handed down even though the defense had not finished its closing arguments for five of the defendants.
The court referred the case to Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the country’s senior Sunni authority, which is the first step in ratifying the sentences.
The woman’s lawyers plan to appeal against her sentence
And we in the West think we have a hard life!
A pregnant woman has been sentenced to be hanged by a Sudanese court for converting to Christianity. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, who is being held in detention with her 20-month-old son, had been ordered to abandon her faith and return to Islam. She has also been charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man. The death sentence was handed down despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom. At a court in Khartoum, Judge Abbas al Khalifa said: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged.” He also sentenced her to 100 lashes for “adultery”. Born to a Muslim father, the woman was convicted under the Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983, and outlaws conversions under threat of death.
The death sentence was handed down at a court in Khartoum
She is married to a Christian national of South Sudan, which won independence in 2011 after decades of civil war. Earlier in the hearing, an Islamic religious leader spoke with her in the caged dock for about 30 minutes, trying to convince her to change her mind. But she told the judge: “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.” Following her sentence, one of her lawyers Mohanad Mustafa said they would seek to overturn the ruling on appeal. About 100 people, including Western embassy representatives, were in court to hear the sentence. The United States, Canada, Britain and the Netherlands have all expressed “deep concern” over her case. Amnesty International said she had been condemned to death for offences that should not be considered crimes at all, and condemned the sentences as “abhorrent”. Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher, said: “The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent. “Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law.”
#AceWorldNews says a Chinese court on Tuesday convicted a former obstetrician of abducting newborn babies and gave her a suspended death sentence. The intermediate court in Weinan city said Zhang Shuxia sold seven children in the northern province of Shaanxi, AFP reported. The woman had reportedly tricked parents into giving up their babies by telling them the newborns were sick or had died. The penalty is likely to be commuted to life imprisonment. Tens of thousands of children are believed to be stolen each year in China.