Rimsha case: Witnesses against cleric backtrack
02 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: During hearing of the Rimsha Masih case on Monday in Islamabad High Court, two witnesses, Khurram and Danish, withdrew their statements against prayer leader Khalid Jadoon, saying that police had pressured them into recording statements against Jadoon.
The witnesses had earlier testified against Jadoon, accusing him of adding pages from the Holy Quran to burnt pages to strengthen the blasphemy case against a minor Christian girl, Rimsha Masih.
Islamabad District and Sessions Judge Justice Raja Jawad Abbas heard the bail plea filed by Jadoon. Hafiz Mohammad Zubair and two other witnesses again recorded their statements under oath before the Islamabad High Court. The court adjourned the case until October 3.
Jadoon was arrested on September 1 after a witness, Hafiz Zubair, testified against him before a magistrate.