Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | December 23, 2012
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Mob kills man accused of burning Koran
KARACHI (AP):

A mob in southern Pakistan stormed a police station to seize a mentally unstable Muslim man accused of burning a copy of Islam's holy book, beat him to death, and then set his body afire, police said yesterday.

The case is likely to raise further concerns about the country's harsh blasphemy laws, which can result in a death sentence or life in prison to anyone found guilty.

Critics say an accusation or investigation alone can lead to deaths, as people take the law into their own hands and kill those accused of violating it. Police stations and even courts have been attacked by mobs.

Local police said they arrested the man last Friday after being informed by residents that he had burned a Koran inside a mosque where he had been staying for a night.

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