Islamabad: Girl’s remand extended by 14 days
ISLAMABAD: Police on Friday won permission to hold a young Christian girl accused of blasphemy in custody for a further 14 days while her case is investigated, officials said. She arrived at court for the unannounced remand hearing in an armoured police van amid tight security, guarded by heavily-armed commandos and covered with a white sheet to conceal her face. “She was produced in the court of a magistrate where we requested an extension of 14 days in her judicial remand,” Munir Jafri, a police officer investigating Rimsha’s case, told AFP. “We wanted more time for further investigation and the court accepted our request.”
Another hearing is scheduled for Saturday to decide on a bail application. Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, a Rimsha’s lawyer, confirmed Rimsha was produced on Friday and remanded for a further 14 days, while Shamaun Alfred Gill, a spokesman for APMA said Friday’s hearing was a “routine procedure”.