Pakistan court frees 20 in Christian couple lynching case
In November 2016, a court had sentenced five men to death while 10 others were given varying jail terms.world Updated: Mar 24, 2018 23:33 IST
A Pakistani court on Saturday acquitted 20 people suspected of involvement in the lynching and burning alive of a Christian couple accused of blasphemy in 2014.
Shahzad Masih, 26, and Shama Shahzad, 24, brick factory workers and parents of three, were burnt alive in an industrial kiln by a mob incited by accusations that the couple desecrated the Quran in the town of Kot Radha Kishan.
Police arrested scores of villagers and a court in November 2016 sentenced five men to death while 10 others were given varying jail terms.
Prosecutor Abdur Rauf says the court acquitted 20 suspects indicted in the case at a later stage.
Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in Pakistan and a mere allegation can often prompt mob violence.