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Pakistan: FB blasphemy

A Pakistani Christian boy accused of blasphemy for ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ a Facebook post which ‘defamed and disrespected’ the Kaaba in Mecca – the building at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque – was again refused bail in May.

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Nabeel Masih | photo: The Voice Society

In February, 16-year-old Nabeel Masih was refused bail by a local magistrate, despite his lawyers’ insistence that, as a child with no prior convictions, he should be released. The Districts and Sessions judge Naveeb Iqbal came to the same decision, saying that the boy committed a ‘heinous and odious act by defiling the religious feelings of Muslims’.