Civil Rights: Bail denied in Ahmadi literature case

Published: February 13, 2013

LAHORE: An additional district and sessions judge on Tuesday rejected an application for after-arrest bail by four men accused of publishing allegedly blasphemous books about the Ahmadi faith.

The judge remarked that the petitioners were found guilty in the investigation and that no previous enmity or grudge on the part of complainant or the police has been established.

The counsel for the petitioners had said they were innocent and had been wrongly implicated.

Advocate Chaudhry Ghulam Mustafa, the lawyer for the complainant, said that they were found in possession of blasphemous material.

Moeed Ayaz, Asmatullah, Razaullah and Ghulamullah, employees of Black Arrow Printing Press, were arrested on January 7 as they loaded a small truck with thousands of books and CDs.

They are all Ahmadis.

Arrest warrants have also been issued for the press’s owner, who is at large.

The accused are in jail.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2013.


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