Saleem and Rasheed Masih Brothers Charged under 259-C are Released. CLAAS UK Report.
20 Mar 2003
Today on 19th March 03, Saleem and Rasheed brothers are released by the high court of Lahore, Pakistan. The High Court Judge, Mr. Justice Rustam Ali Malik at last has given his decision after 6 weeks. Saleem and Rasheed Masih's case was heard on Monday 3rd February 2003 in the Lahore High Court, by Mr. Justice Rustam Ali Malik. Mr. Aslam Pervez Chaudhry CLAAS' Lawyer represented the brothers but for unknown reason the Judge did not give the verdict on the same day. He reserved the decision and announced it today.
Saleem and Rasheed Masih are two brothers resident of Pasrur district Sialkot; they were arrested on 3rd June 1999 on the complaint of their villagers under blasphemy (while the main reason is land dispute). On 11th May'2000, the Additional and Sessions Judge Pasrur, Justice Rana Muhammad Yousaf awarded 25 years imprisonment (life imprisonment) to Saleem & Rasheed Masih and 50 thousand fine each in 295-C and 10 years imprisonment and 25 thousand fine each in 295-A. CLAAS had submitted their appeal in Lahore High Court against this decision.
Mr. Aslam Pervez Chaudhry (Lawyer) works with CLAAS and represents blasphemy cases. He has received a number of time death threats but he still continues to represent Christians who have been unjustly charged.Please pray that God protect him and his family while he is representing the innocent who are suffering because of their faith in Pakistan.