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Court acquits 112 in Joseph Colony torching case

LAHORE: A local court acquitted 112 suspects in the 2013 torching of hundreds of Christian homes in the Lahore over a rumour that one of the residents there had blasphemed, a lawyer said on Sunday. In March 2013, more than 125 homes in Lahore’s Josep Colony were burned by a mob of more than 3,000...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 29, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jan 29, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Court acquits 112 in Joseph Colony torching case

FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at her dead pet bird in a cage at her home, which was burnt by a mob two days earlier, in Badami Bagh, Lahore

LAHORE: A local court acquitted 112 suspects in the 2013 torching of hundreds of Christian homes in the Lahore over a rumour that one of the residents there had blasphemed, a lawyer said on Sunday.

In March 2013, more than 125 homes in Lahore’s Josep Colony were burned by a mob of more than 3,000 people responding to rumours that a local Christian man, Sawan Masih, had committed blasphemy.

No one was killed in the incident but there was widespread damage to the property of the mostly destitute Christians living in the neighbourhood.

Defence lawyer Ghulam Murtaza Chaudhry said an anti-terrorism court in Lahore had acquitted 112 people accused of torching and ransacking hundreds of houses.

“They were acquitted by the court because of lack of evidences against them,” Murtaza told Reuters. “The state witnesses could not identify the accused and their statements were also contradictory.”

All 112 suspects were already out on bail. –Reuters

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