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Mashal Khan lynching: Pakistan suspends sentences of 25 suspects pending appeal

Mohammad Mashal Khan, 23, was killed by a mob on his university campus in Mardan in April 2016 over unfounded rumours that he had shared blasphemous content on social media.

world Updated: Feb 27, 2018 20:06 IST
Associated Press
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File photo of a protest in Karachi against the killing of university student Mohammad Mashal Khan.(AP)

An appellate court in Pakistan on Tuesday suspended the three-year jail terms handed down to 25 suspects over the lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy, a lawyer said.

Mohammad Mashal Khan, 23, was killed by a mob on his university campus in Mardan in April 2016 over unfounded rumours that he had shared blasphemous content on social media. Blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death in Pakistan, and the mere allegation can spark mob violence.

Defence lawyer Syed Akhtar said he convinced the court to suspend his clients’ sentences and release them on bail until their appeals are heard.

An anti-terrorism court earlier this month sentenced one man to death and handed life sentences to five others in the case. Those sentences are unchanged.

First Published: Feb 27, 2018 20:06 IST