published Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Pakistan: Bail delayed in Christian blasphemy case

ISLAMABAD — A judge hearing the case of a Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy has delayed a bail hearing after a lawyer challenged a medical report putting the girl’s age at 14.

The judge said Thursday that the hearing would be conducted on Saturday while he seeks clarification on how the report was conducted.

The case of the girl accused of burning pages of the Quran has focused attention on Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws that can result in life in prison or even death.

Questions have been raised about her age and whether she is mentally impaired. A medical report submitted Tuesday put her age at 14, which makes her a minor.

But a lawyer representing the man accusing the girl of burning the Quran challenged the report.

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