A Pakistani Christian is released from prison on bail, his future is uncertain

By August 10, 2005

Pakistan (MNN) — A Christian who was imprisoned for violating Pakistan’s strict blasphemy law has just been released on bond.

60-year-old Yousaf Masih was arrested June 28th, accused of burning pages of the Koran.

After Masih’s arrest reports indicate that he was tortured in a police station and there was concern about his health.

Masih was released from jail on August 6th after posting $4,200 bond. According to Assist News, Masih’s release on bail was a great miracle, saying such blasphemy cases take years for any kind of outcome. Judges are reluctant to hear such cases due to threats. Many Christians are killed in prison awaiting trial.

Voice of the Martyrs says Masih, while working for a major with the Pakistani military, was asked to burn some papers. Other workers saw the papers and said Masih was burning pages from the Koran. Since he’s illiterate, he would have no way of knowing what was written on the papers. Many believe he was falsely accused.

Continue to pray for Masih, his family and his attorneys as they try to get the charges dropped.

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