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"Pakistan (MNN) — Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who has been sentenced to death, has had her appeal postponed again.
"On May 27 Bibi was due to appeal her death sentence for blasphemy, but as with the last four occasions, it has been cancelled.
"No new date has been set..."
Fifth Appeal Postponed For Asia Bibi, by Heidi Boesl, Mission Network News
"Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi is due to have an appeal hearing on her death sentence for blasphemy on Tuesday, but will it be cancelled again?
"A hearing has been scheduled on four previous occasions only to be cancelled at the last minute by the court.
"The last time, it was reportedly postponed when the counsel for the complainant did not turn up.
"Bibi, a mother of five, has been in prison since being sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010. The accusation followed a heated dispute with Muslim colleagues.
"Blasphemy is a serious crime in Muslim-majority Pakistan and carries the death sentence, but human rights groups say the charges are often trumped up as a means of settling personal scores and vendettas.
Asia Bibi Death Sentence Appeal: Fifth Time Luck For Christian Mother Accused Of Blasphemy, by Cath Martin, Christian Today
"Following the news that Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother-of-five, has now been given a yet new date for her appeal, the fourth, against her death sentence for alleged blasphemy, a Pakistani Christian group based in the UK has launched a petition to help gain her freedom.
"'He has informed us that the appeal hearing for Asia Bibi has been set for a fourth time and will now be heard on 27th May 2014," said Chowdhry.The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) is also calling for a Presidential Pardon for her as she continues to languish on Death Row in a Pakistani prison where she has been since 2009..."
Asia Bibi Appeal Trial Date Set For Fourth Time In Pakistan, Christian Today
"A senior advocacy official remained concern Saturday, April 12, that a Pakistani appeals court will confirm the death sentence of Christian woman Asia Bibi, who has been charged with blasphemy against Islam.
"'Given the recent decisions made against people charged under the blasphemy law, it is not looking likely that the judgment against Asia will be favourable," said Nasir Saeed, a director of the Center for Legal Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), which supports the Christian.
"She was to appear at the Lahore High Court Monday, April 14, where judges Sardar Tariq Massod and Abdula Sami Khan were to hear final arguments, Saeed told BosNewsLife. It was not immediately clear whether they would make a ruling on that day.
"A planned March 17 hearing was adjourned when one of the two judges failed to appear amid concerns over Islamic extremists, trial observers said.
"Bibi, a 45-year-old mother of five, has been in detention since 2009 after she reportedly told Muslim co-workers that Jesus Christ is alive. She made the remarks while working in the fields for a Muslim landowner, according to investigators."
Pakistan Appeals Court May Uphold Christian Woman's Death Sentence, Bos News Life
"Asia Bibi has now had her court appeal postponed for the third time. The Christian Pakistani woman was accused of speaking against the prophet Muhammad in 2009 and sentenced to death by hanging in 2010..."
"...Pakistan has not carried out its death sentences for other citizens accused of blasphemy, but the accused are at risk of being killed by extremist groups while awaiting appeals. Bibi’s family, including five children, are also at risk and are forced to remain in hiding for their safety.
"British Pakistani Christian Association chairman Wilson Chowdhry said, "I feel for Asia Bibi, her confidence of ever seeing justice must be waning. Expectations of justice and being reunited with her family grow as the trial dates near, each deferment simply shatters the fragile hope she maintains.'”
Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi's Court Appeal Rescheduled for Third Time, by Carrie Dedrick, Christian Headlines
The appeal hearing for Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi was today adjourned to a date unspecified.
Judges at Lahore High Court were expected to have heard final arguments in her appeal against a death sentence for 'blasphemy'.
The Punjab farm labourer has been detained since 2009 when she was accused of blaspheming against Islam's prophet Mohamed following a dispute with fellow workers.
Asia Bibi Appeal Postponed at Release International
The Voice of the Martyrs USA says the Lahore High Court has, for the second time in two weeks, delayed the first hearing on Asia Bibi’s appeal of her conviction for blasphemy and the resulting death sentence.
A hearing last week was delayed because one of the two judges set to hear the case was unable to be in court. On March 26, the court convened once again, but had to delay the proceedings when the complainant was not present in the court room. The judges waited ten minutes and then announced a delay in the case.
In the case of Asia Bibi, the complainant, or “counterparty,” is Muslim mullah Qari Muhammed Sallam. Sallam is the man who submitted the original complaint in the case on June 19, 2009. The complaint accused Asia Bibi of speaking against the Islamic prophet, Mohammed, on June 14 of that year. Asia Bibi’s lawyers told Agenzia Fidesthat they will point to the five-day gap between the alleged statements and the complaint being filed as evidence that the charges were fabricated.
Asia Bibi was sentenced to death on November 8, 2010. Her appeal, #2509, was filed with the Lahore High Court on November 11, 2010.
Another Delay for Asia Bibi, by Ruth Kramer, at Mission Network News
"An appeal hearing for a woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Muslim beliefs has been postponed.
"Asia Bibi was sentenced to death by the Pakistani courts in 2010 after she was accused of breaking blasphemy laws. Authorities said she verbally abused Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and two Muslim co-workers. Bibi has denied those accusations.
"A new date for the appeal hearing has not been set. According to Pakistani law, two judges are required to be present in death penalty cases. One of the judges was absent for Monday’s proceedings.'"
Asia Bibi Blasphemy Trial Postponed at Christian Headlines
"Asia Bibi is due to appear in Lahore's High Court today as judges hear her appeal against a death sentence for blasphemy.
"The farm labourer from Punjab has been in prison since 2009 when she was accused of blasphemy following a dispute with her fellow workers. They had allegedly refused to drink water she had provided because they considered the Christian to be 'unclean'.
"Convicted in 2010, Asia is the first Christian woman to be sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy."
Asia Bibi's Appeal Due in Court Today, a Release International Prayer Alert