published Friday, August 31st, 2012

Court extends detention in Pakistan blasphemy case

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani court has ordered a Christian girl accused of blasphemy to be held in prison for two more weeks as police finalize charges.

The girl’s lawyer, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, says the court’s decision Friday was procedural, since her initial detention ended the day before. He said he hopes to free her on bail Saturday.

TV video showed the girl in court covered in a white sheet to protect her identity. She was surrounded by police.

One of her neighbors has accused her of burning pages from Islam’s holy book, the Quran. Others have disputed that.

Questions have been raised about her age and whether she is mentally impaired.

A medical report released this week said she was 14 and that her mental state did not correspond with her age.

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