Christian boy sentenced to prison for “liking” a Facebook post in Pakistan released on bail after 4 years

by Peter Heck · Mar 9th, 2021 6:04 pm
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Last Updated Mar 10th, 2021 at 8:42 pm

After spending four years in prison, a Pakistani Christian named Nabeel Masih has been released from prison on bail. When he was just 16 years old, Masih was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly "liking" and "sharing" a Facebook post that "defamed and disrespected" an ancient building sacred to the Islamic faith.

At the time of his conviction, Masih was the youngest Christian ever sentenced under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. He had no prior convictions, and his attorneys argued that his status as a juvenile, coupled with the lack of credible evidence against him, meant that he should never have been sentenced in the first place.

Pakistan's blasphemy laws have been a source of controversy for some time, with Christians alleging they are often used to intimidate and to settle scores with religious minorities.


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