Rawalpindi: The man who admitted to assassinate the governor of Pakistan to defend the country’s controversial blasphemy law has appeared in jail by the judge hearing evidence on Monday.
Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri bodyguards confessed that he killed his boss, Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, January 4 because he opposed the wishes of the policy to amend the blasphemy law, which carries the death penalty.
Taseer kill met with controversy in Pakistan, many countries still strong, conservative religious quarters praising killer acts to silence an outspoken politician and a moderate.
Rally was organized to celebrate Qadri, who was inundated petals in previous court proceedings, after admitting to shooting.
Monday’s hearing was held in private inside the high security prison Adiyala Rawalpindi, a garrison town on the banks’ capital Islamabad, with no media present.
Qadri about 35 supporters of the Islamic group of young people gathered outside the prison, reciting Koranic verses and shouted “God is great”, “Thank you for your Qadri” and “Long Live Qadri, Long Live the Punjab police.”
Shuja Rehman Qadri lawyer told AFP that the investigation reports were presented at the hearing was adjourned until 1 February, when a gunman would have been prosecuted.
“We met Qadri in prison. It is held in solitary confinement, which is another form of torture. We asked the court to allow his family to see him and he gets legal facilities in prison, “said Rehman.
prosecutor was unavailable for comment.
According to the investigating officer, Qadri said in his confession that he killed himself Salman Taseer and had no links with any extremist movement, but had been “affected” by the speeches of two clerics openly.
The cleric known for their fiery sermons – Mufti Qari Haneef Qureshi and Imtiaz Shah – sought and obtained an injunction from a court Rawalpindi last week to prevent them from being arrested in connection with the crime of Qadri.
Qureshi was found out of jail to support Qadri on Monday, told AFP they had not participated in the murder.
Qadri could be “one of thousands who offers prayers led by me,” said Qureshi.
“I came here because I want to be released by the court.”
The killing has reignited a dispute Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which have been recently used phrase Christian woman, Asia Bibi, a dispute after the death of his fellow villagers in southern Punjab.
Taseer tried to change the law, human rights activists say is often consumed in small disputes, but in the face of considerable public support for the legislation, the government said it had no intention to change it.