Lynching of Christian couple: 20 suspects released over doubt

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LAHORE: An Anti-Terror Court (ATC) in Lahore has on Sunday released 20 suspects in the case related to lynching of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan given them the benefit of the doubt. The court has handed death sentences to five in the case and ten others were handed prison sentences. Another 93 were acquitted back in 2016.

A violent mob had lynched Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama Masih in Kasur’s Kot Radha Kishan area back in November 2014 over charges of blaspheming against the Koran. They had been thrown into a live brick kiln where the two worked.

When the couple was charged of blasphemy, announcements were made from the nearby mosques urging people to flock to the brick factory. Around one thousand people had then brutalised the couple and then thrown them into the kiln. Pakistan’s Supreme Court had also taken a suo moto notice of the case back then.