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Lawyer seeks asylum for Asia Bibi in Netherlands

IANS  |  The Hague 

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi's on Friday said he was seeking asylum for his client and her family in The amid violent protests in by radical Islamists against her acquittal in a case.

Saif-ul-Malook said he had already spoken with Dutch politicians and ministers, although he was yet to make an official asylum request, reports news.

Speaking at a vigil for organised in Vianen near Utrecht by the foundation Persecuted Christians, which covered the costs of her nine-year long legal battle in Pakistan, the said he would file a written request with the appropriate authorities in the next few days.

A source said only affected persons can file and no third parties were allowed to do so on their behalf.

Last week, a majority of parties in the urged the government to temporarily take charge of Bibi and her family after she was acquitted by Pakistan's of charges for which she had been sentenced to death eight years ago.

Since her acquittal and release, she has been threatened amid widespread protests that accelerated her departure from a prison and her transfer to on Wednesday.

Malook said Bibi, her husband and children were under the protection of the and police in the wake of threats from radical Islamists who demanded a public execution, rejecting her acquittal.

The was also forced to flee to The last week but has not filed an asylum application to stay permanently in the country.

On Thursday, the made an official offer to him to join a special programme for human rights activists under pressure in their home countries.



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 15:48 IST