Pak man jailed for 3 yrs on blasphemy charges

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 14:23

Islamabad: A retired Pakistani school
teacher, who had appealed against his one-month prison term on
charges of committing blasphemy, has now been jailed for three
years after his accuser filed a review petition against the
original verdict.

Mehram Wahocho, a resident of southern Sindh province,
was awarded the fresh sentence by a district and sessions
judge in Kamber Shahdadkot on October 13.
Wahocho, who had been charged with committing blasphemy
two years ago, has also been ordered to pay a fine of Rs
5,000.

Following the October 13 verdict, Wahocho was sent to the
Central Jail in Larkana, The Express Tribune newspaper
reported.

Ameer Ali, a resident of Warah, had filed a case with
police against Wahocho.

In his statement to police, Ameer Ali accused Wahocho of
committing blasphemy.

Police then arrested Wahocho and chargesheeted him in the
court of a judicial magistrate in Warah, who gave him a
one-month prison term.
Wahocho filed an appeal in the district and sessions
court in Kamber Shahdadkot.

His lawyer appealed for bail, which was approved.

While Wahocho was appealing his sentence, Ameer Ali filed
a review petition against the original judgment.

He asked the court to increase Wahocho`s punishment on
the grounds that the lower court`s judgement paled in
comparison to the offence.

Ameer Ali`s lawyer Mansoor Tunio said the case dragged on
in court for over 18 months because Wahocho`s lawyer would be
absent on the scheduled dates.

On October 13, the district and sessions judge of Kamber
Shahdadkot finally announced the verdict and gave Wahocho a
three-year jail term.

Sindh has comparatively fewer blasphemy cases than
Punjab, the most populous province where a majority of such
cases are registered.

In the past year, there have been several notable cases
in Sindh`s capital Karachi, including that of a 17-year-old
student accused of writing sacrilegious remarks in an
examination.

According to the Sindh Police website, 33 cases of
blasphemy were reported in the province from January to August
this year.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 14:23

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