The grueling legal dispute over Asia Bibi has ended. The Pakistani Supreme Court rejected the Islamic radicals’ petition that they wanted to overturn the acquittal against Asia Bibi, sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy and acquitted at the end of October 2018.
The three judges’ decision has just been announced, by the president of the country’s highest judicial body: “The plaintiff was not able to indicate any errors in the verdict of acquittal of Asia Bibi [pronounced] by the Supreme Court”.
Convicted in 2010 of breaching the country’s strict anti-blasphemy laws for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbors, Asia spent eight years on death row. Death threats from Islamist groups followed her acquittal, but she was forbidden from leaving Pakistan pending yesterday’s court ruling. Now that decision has arrived, she is expected to leave Pakistan at the earliest opportunity to be reunited with her family already living in Canada.