Facebook hate speech: Pak sentences man to 13 years

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Lahore, Nov 23: A Pakistani man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by an anti-terrorism court for posting a sectarian "hate speech" on Facebook.

Saqlain Haider, 32, was arrested on a complaint that he posted hateful sectarian material on October 27. He has also been fined with Rs 2,50,000 on three counts.

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"We arrested Saqlain who subsequently confessed to his crime," he said, adding during the court proceedings the prosecutors presented witnesses and evidence against the accused. "

The ATC Faisalabad found him guilty on three counts and handed him down compound 13 years in jail," the official said.

Saqlain is a resident of Lalian, Chinoit district, some 200 kilometers from Lahore, and a trader by profession.

Last year district and session court in Toba Tek Singh, some 180 kilometers from here, gave death sentence to a Christian couple for sending blasphemous text messages to local Muslim clerics and shopkeepers.

The couple, however, denied sending the blasphemous messages, pleading innocent.

PTI 

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