ISLAMABAD: September 7, 2012. (Shamim Masih): The court of the Additional Sessions judge in Islamabad granted bail to the girl accused of blasphemy on Friday.
“I accept her bail application,” Judge Mohammad Azam Khan announced to a packed courtroom. “The bail application has been accepted against two sureties of 500,000 rupees each.”
The judge also ordered that Rimsha be placed under protective custody due to security concerns.
Earlier, the court had reserved its ruling after hearing the arguments made by the counsels of both the complainant and the defendant.
The officer investigating the case told the court that Muhammad Khalid Chashti, the cleric who had been accused of tampering case, had deliberately added pages of the Quran to the plastic bag that the minor girl, Rimsha.
The district attorney alleged that the police, including the investigating officer, and doctors had manipulated the case to get the girl freed under international pressure, adding that, they feared the accused would be immediately sent abroad if bail was granted and that then the case would come to an end.
Moreover, the district attorney told the court that the blasphemy accused girl had stated her age to the magistrate as 16 years, adding that, the complainant in the case was receiving threats.
A large number of security personnel, members of civil society and international media persons were present outside the court as Judge Azam Khan heard the bail application of the accused girl whose case has made headlines in the international and local media.