HIGH COURT REJECTS BAIL TO DR SHAIKH
Update (January 16, 2001)
On 16th January, 2001, the High Court at Rawalpindi rejected the bail application of Dr Younus Shaikh.
Dr Shaikh, rationalist and founder-president of the organization Enlightenment, is in Adyala jail at
Rawalpindi since 4 October 2000, accused of blasphemy. Blasphemy is an offence with mandatory death
penalty in Pakistan, if found guilty.
Trusted contacts of Rationalist International in Pakistan informed that the reason given for the rejection of
the bail was the intention of the court to protect the life of Dr Shaikh from angry fundamentalist mob. The
court expressed fear that fanatics would attack him if he was given bail and let free.
The next effort will be to move the bail application in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
We request all supporters of Freedom of Speech around the world to continue their efforts to pursue the
Pakistani authorities to drop the case against Dr Younus Shaikh by writing to the Chief Executive of
Pakistan. For more details, click here.