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Mrs Shagufta Kausar And Mr Shafqat Emmanuel

EDM number 914 in 2017-19, proposed by Jim Shannon on 06/02/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Administration of justice, Asia, Religion and faith communities and Telecommunications.

That this House is deeply concerned about the death sentence imposed on Mrs Shagufta Kausar and Mr Shafqat Emmanuel, a married couple, for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages; notes that the messages were written in English, but both are illiterate and unable to write proper Urdu, let alone English; further notes that the couple have repeatedly said they lost the phone in question before the texts were sent, and that the SIM card in the phone was not theirs; expresses concern that throughout the trial, the complainants' lawyers intimidated the judge by repeatedly proclaiming Quranic references calling for death to blasphemers and appeals to the Government of Pakistan to release them, so that they can live together with their four children, as a family.

This motion has been signed by a total of 12 MPs.

Jim Shannon06/02/2018StrangfordDUPProposed
Paul Girvan06/02/2018South AntrimDUPSeconded
Gavin Robinson06/02/2018Belfast EastDUPSeconded
David Simpson06/02/2018Upper BannDUPSeconded
Ian Paisley Jnr06/02/2018North AntrimDUPSeconded
Bob Blackman07/02/2018Harrow EastConservativeSeconded
Marie Rimmer07/02/2018St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham08/02/2018Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Mary Glindon08/02/2018North TynesideLabourSigned
Julian Lewis20/02/2018New Forest EastConservativeSigned
Kelvin Hopkins20/02/2018Luton NorthLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley21/02/2018Worthing WestConservativeSigned

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