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Top Pakistani court sets date for hearing on Christian woman

January 24, 2019
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2010, file photo, Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, listens to officials at a prison in Sheikhupura near Lahore, Pakistan. Bibi's defense lawyer Saiful Malook, said Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, that the Supreme Court set the date for the much-awaited hearing on a petition by radical Islamists against her acquittal from death row. for next Tuesday. (AP Photo, File)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani Christian woman’s defense lawyer says the country’s top court has set the date for the much-awaited hearing on a petition by radical Islamists against her acquittal from death row.

The lawyer, Saiful Malook, says the Supreme Court will review the petition against Aasia Bibi next Tuesday.

Bibi was on death row for eight years in a blasphemy case but was acquitted by the Supreme Court last October.

The acquittal sparked nationwide protests by radical Islamists and compelled authorities to take Bibi into hiding. She has since been living at a secret location, under guard.

The extremists have threatened to kill anyone who supports Bibi. Her lawyer says he is confident the court will reject the petition and confirm Bibi’s acquittal, meaning she would be free to leave Pakistan.

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