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    Pakistan Frees Prisoner Acquitted of Blasphemy

    Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who spent eight years in prison, walked free yesterday following the Pakistani Supreme Court’s acquittal last week of blasphemy charges against her. She remains in protective custody in Islamabad amid threats from radical Islamists demanding her public execution. Bibi’s husband has asked for help leaving the country, and several nations have reportedly offered the family protection, but authorities say Bibi may not be able to leave after activists appealed her acquittal. Meanwhile, her lawyer has fled Pakistan and is seeking asylum in the Netherlands.

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