Two Christians and one Muslim have been prosecuted for blasphemy in Pakistan, according to ChristianToday.com.
The three men reportedly insulted the Prophet Muhammad in an audio recording. One of the Christians, Javad Naz, and the Muslim, Jafar Ali, threatened the other Christian, Anjam Naz, that they would release the recording.
"We also recovered the recorded audio from Jafar's possession and found that he and Javed were blackmailing Anjam by threatening to release the audio to the public if he did not pay them,” said Mohammad Tanveer, a senior police official.
The men have been sentenced to death.
"They will now be permitted to appeal the verdict before a higher court," said Tanveer.
Christians often face persecution in Pakistan which has strict blasphemy laws. Perhaps the most notable blasphemy law case is that of Asia Bibi, a woman who was sentenced to death for allegedly blaspheming against Islam. Bibi has been in prison for six years.
Pakistan is ranked as one of the worst countries for Christian persecution according to Open Doors’ World Watch List.
Publication date: June 29, 2016