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Through Thick and Thin, Rimsha is Out of Jail TodayShamim Masih for Salem-News.com
The girl has been in custody since she was arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb more than two weeks ago...
(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) - Yesterday Pakistani Judge Muhammad Azam Khan granted bail and today his court issued a release order accepting two sureties bonds of Rs. 5,00,000/- each for a Christian girl Rimsha, who had been accused of blasphemy.
Rimsha was released from Central Jail, Adaial Rawalpindi, where she had been kept under detention for couple of weeks, and flown to safe place in a government helicopter.
Rimsha was brought from the jail in an armored vehicle to the nearest helipad, where the government chopper was waiting to fly her out. A large number of security personnel, along with members of the Christian community, were present outside Adiala Jail.
Earlier, on Friday, the teenage girl was granted bail by the court of additional sessions against two sureties bonds of Rs.500,000 each.
“I accept her bail application,” Judge Mohammad Azam Khan had announced to a packed courtroom. “The bail application has been accepted against two sureties of 500,000 rupees each.”
Earlier, today, it was heavily raining in the court premises, and went with official spokesman of lawyers penal, Mr. Basharat Khokher, we went through to fulfill the official requirements of the honorable court.
Mr. Agustin Shehbaz, and Anthony Francis had submitted their property's paper for the sureties bonds for Rimsha. After filling the papers, we got release order at 2:45 pm from the court and sent the jail officials.
A large number of security personnel, members of civil society and international media persons were present outside the jail since morning.
The girl has been in custody since she was arrested in a poor Islamabad suburb more than two weeks ago after being accused of burning papers containing verses from the Quran.
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