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Pakistan police: No evidence of Christian girl's blasphemy

Published September 22, 2012 2:31 pm

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Islamabad • A Pakistani police official says no incriminating evidence has been found that a young Christian girl desecrated Islam's holy book.

But Munir Jaffery said his final report filed with an Islamabad court Saturday showed there is indication that the cleric of a nearby mosque tampered with evidence by putting pages of a Quran into a shopping bag the girl had been carrying.

The case gained huge attention because of the girl's age and questions about her mental capacity.

It was also a rare instance where someone was held responsible for an apparently false accusation.

Officials arrested the imam, and the girl was freed on bail. The final police report backs earlier revelations and will likely bolster the defense's plans to have the entire case thrown out.