Christian blasphemy convict’s death sentence to be challenged in High Court

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Pakistani Christian man sentenced to death over by a Sessions Court. Respondent Nadeem James faced court trail in District Jail Gujrat. A blasphemy case was registered against him in July 2016. Defense counsel of Nadeem states that capital punishment will be challenged in the High Court.

Pakistani Christian sentenced to death

35-year-old, Nadeem James was accused by a Muslim friend Yasir Bashir, accused him of sending a blasphemous poem on Whatsapp. The complainant Yasir Bashir, approached City Division Police Station and informed the police about allegedly blasphemous Whatsapp messages.

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On July 10, 2016 an FIR bearing number 301 was lodged against Nadeem James. The FIR invoked 295A and 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code. Initially, Nadeem James resorted to fleeing still and all was arrested by the police and was being tried in the jail due to security risks owing to sensitivity of the case.

Followed by court’s verdict defense counsel of Nadeem James Advocate Riaz Anjum Wakeel said that the ruling will be challenged in High Court. “James was handed a death sentence by the court on Thursday on blasphemy charges. My client will appeal the sentence in the high court as he has been framed by his friend, who was annoyed over James’ affair with a Muslim girl.”

Last year, a Christian social activist Khalid Shehzad claimed that Nadeem had been embroiled in blasphemy case because he had married a Muslim woman. He said that the accusation was part of the revenge, as there are no credible evidences of blasphemy committed by Nadeem.