ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani Christian woman whose conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam was reversed last week by the Supreme Court has been released from prison and is at a secure location for fear of attacks on her, officials said.
Three security officials told Reuters that Asia Bibi, a mother of five, had been released from a prison in Multan, a city in southern Punjab province.
She was flown to the airport near the capital, Islamabad, but was in protective custody because of threats to her life, said the three officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Bibi’s lawyer – who fled the country this week and sought asylum in the Netherlands – confirmed she was no longer in prison.
“All I can tell you is that she has been released,” lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook told Reuters by phone from the Netherlands.
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