Pakistan Boots Blasphemy Case

    Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl accused of blasphemy sits in helicopter after her release from jail in Rawalpindi on September 8, 2012. Masih was arrested on August 16 for allegedly burning pages containing verses from the Koran but she was released from a prison in Rawalpindi after a court accepted her bail application.  AFP PHOTO/ Farooq NAEEM        (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Evidence trumps blasphemy accusations. Pakistan on Tuesday dismissed the case of a 14-year-old Christian girl accused of burning the Koran in August. The court bumped the case because no one had actually seen Rimsha Masih burning the pages—and many suspect a cleric planted evidence to spark hate against Christians. Under law, despite a young age and potential mental problems, the girl could have been executed if convicted of blasphemy, specifically desecration of the Koran.

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