巴基斯坦男子因在社交媒体上发布亵神言论被判死刑

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年6月11日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

因亵神言论被判死刑的巴基斯坦男子拉扎。
因亵神言论被判死刑的巴基斯坦男子拉扎。Taimoor Raza is sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan for publishing what it calls "blasphemous content" on socal media. (Courtesy: local administration)

星期六,巴基斯坦中部的一个反恐怖主义法庭判处一位三十岁的男子死刑,罪名是在社交媒体上发布亵神言论。

据检察官谢里夫·库雷希告诉美国之音记者说,在巴哈瓦尔布尔市的一所戒备森严的监狱中,法官完成了相关的司法程序。

检察官解释说,法庭判处这个叫拉扎的男子有罪,他用脸书和WhatsApp等社交媒体散布或者上传仇恨内容,包括亵渎先知穆罕默德和他的同伴的“侮辱性画面和评论。”拉扎有权上诉。

库雷希说,拉扎在脸书上的账号有3500多个朋友或追随者。

辩护律师还没有对他的委托人的指控发表评论。

巴基斯坦政府一直在对在社交媒体上被怀疑散布亵神内容的活动人士进行打击。

最近几周以来,一些活动分子被拘押或者传唤。这些行为激起了人权捍卫者们的严厉批评。

反对党声称,以宗教的名义进行的镇压主要是为了让持不同政见人士噤声,禁止问责巴国势力强大的军方组织,以及军人干政的指责。

巴基斯坦官员否认这些指控。

Pakistani Man Sentenced to Death for Anti-Islam Content on Social Media

An anti-terrorism court in central Pakistan on Saturday sentenced a man, aged 30, to death for posting blasphemous content on social media.

The judge conducted the judicial proceedings in the high-security prison in the city of Bahawalpur, prosecutor Mohammad Shafiq Qureshi told VOA.

The prosecutor explained that the court found Taimoor Raza guilty of using Facebook and WhatsApp to “disseminate" or "upload" hate material, including "offensive pictures and comments” against Prophet Mohammad and his companions. Raza has the right to appeal the verdict.

Qureshi said the Facebook account Raza was running had more than 3,500 friends, or followers.

The defense counsel was not immediately available for comments on the allegations against his client.

Counterterrorism forces arrested Raza about a year ago and police records showed the man had confessed he was working for outlawed Sipah-e-Muhammad, which is a Shi’ite militant group.

The organization has been locked in a deadly rivalry with militants from Pakistan’s majority Sunni Muslim population. The years of sectarian conflict has killed thousands of people around the country.

Pakistani authorities have been cracking down on social media activists suspected of disseminating blasphemous content through their accounts.

Dozens of activists have been detained or questioned in recent weeks in Pakistan, prompting harsh criticism from rights defenders.

Opposition parties have alleged the crackdown in the name of religion is mainly aimed at silencing political dissent and deterring critics who are calling for accountability of the country’s powerful military institution, along with its alleged intervention in political matters.

Pakistani officials deny the charges.

Insulting Prophet Mohammad can carry a death penalty in Pakistan.

Earlier this week, the country's Supreme Court exonerated a man sentenced to life imprisonment by a lower court on allegations of desecrating the Holy book of Quran.

The ruling noted that the lower courts "appeared to have not conducted a fair trial of the case" before awarding the punishment.