And the carnage from blasphemy laws in the Muslim world continues. An elderly Scottish man is facing the death penalty in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy for supposedly claiming to be a prophet. Because claiming to be a prophet is bad, except for all the people who claimed to be prophets in the past thatyou can’t criticize without being convicted of blasphemy.
An elderly British man faces the death penalty in Pakistan after a court found him guilty of blasphemy.
Muhammad Asghar’s lawyers have argued for leniency, saying he has a history of mental illness – but this was rejected by a medical panel.
The 70-year-old was arrested in 2010 after writing letters to various people claiming to be a prophet, reports say.
Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws carry a potential death sentence for anyone deemed to have insulted Islam
The legal charity Reprieve has called on the Government to help the British grandfather, who is from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Maya Foa, director of Reprieve’s death penalty team, which is supporting Mr Ashgar said he is in “in dire need of medical care.”
“The evidence is clear that he is unable to defend himself in court,” she said.
But it shouldn’t matter that he’s got mental problems. Blasphemy laws are barbaric, full stop.