ASIA/PAKISTAN - A Christian accused of blasphemy mocked by his lawyers

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - The Christian Humayun Faisal, mentally disabled accused of blasphemy in Lahore, will remain in prison as his lawyers have withdrawn their request for bail. As reported to Fides by the pool of Christian attorneys of the NGO "Lead", the new young lawyers, during the hearing on June 27 before the Lahore High Court, officially canceled the request for bail, previously submitted by other lawyers. According to the NGO "Lead" there are lawyers who "intervene in cases in which Christians are accused of blasphemy or other crimes and, instead of obtaining justice, do not operate in the interests of the accused, their clients, but act for others purposes". The NGO "Lead" denounces this practice to Fides which represents a betrayal of the professional mandate of a lawyer.
Faisal was reported on May 24, 2015 and following the accusation, a mob of Islamic radicals had tried to attack the district of Sanda, an entirely Christian suburb, in Lahore. On that occasion, a massacre was avoided only thanks to the timely intervention of the police. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 30/06/2015)