By Laura Jones
An appeal hearing for a Pakistani woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Muslim beliefs has been postponed.
Asia Bibi sits in a Pakistan prison, on death row, accused of breaking the country’s blasphemy laws back in 2010. Authorities said she verbally abused Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and two Muslim co-workers. Bibi has denied those accusations.
A new date for the appeal hearing has not been set.
According to Pakistani law, two judges are required to be present in death penalty cases. When one of the judges was absent for Monday’s proceedings, the hearing was rescheduled.
The blasphemy laws say that “whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”