Asia Bibi Confined To Prison For Safety

Asia Bibi Confined To Prison For Safety

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A Pakistani Christian woman whose death sentence for blasphemy charges was overturned last week is holed up in a prison that has been converted into a safe house.

The woman, Asia Bibi, a mother of five from Punjab province, is unable to leave the jail premises over fears that her life is in jeopardy, a source told CNN.

The Pakistani army and intelligence services have jurisdiction over the jail and are responsible for her safety, the source said.

Extra surveillance cameras have been installed at the converted jail in recent days and visitors entering or leaving the location are searched, including those who are charged with preparing Bibi's food.

On Sunday, Bibi's lawyer was reported to have fled the country in fear for his life.

His departure comes as Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, begged the United Kingdom, the United States, or Canada to offer his family asylum, in a video message seen by the Guardian.

Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and sentenced to death after she was accused of insulting the name of the Prophet Mohammed during an altercation a year earlier with Muslim colleagues.

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Last week, she won her appeal against the conviction and death sentence.

Bibi's acquittal triggered violent protests by the Islamist movement Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan.

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