November 21, 2010 in Nation/World

Woman facing death in Pakistan may be pardoned

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Asia Bibi is seen at a prison near Lahore, Pakistan, on Saturday.
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 Pakistan’s president may pardon a Christian woman facing a death sentence for blasphemy against Islam, officials said Saturday, as the mother of five tearfully denied the charge.

 The case of Asia Bibi, 45, has drawn appeals from Pope Benedict XVI and human rights groups to free her. She was sentenced to death earlier this month and has been in prison for the last 1  1/2 years.

 Bibi appeared in a televised interview at her prison Saturday, protesting her innocence to reporters and maintaining the case stemmed from a personal dispute.

Associated Press

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