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Pakistani lawyer to return home to defend Christian woman

December 25, 2018
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, Saiful Malook, left, defense lawyer for Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman convicted of blasphemy and later acquitted on appeal, leaves the Supreme court with a bodyguard, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Malook, who successfully fought a legal battle to acquit Bibi in a high-profile blasphemy case said Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2018, that he will return home to represent her whenever the country's Supreme Court takes up a review petition against her. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani lawyer who successfully fought a legal battle to acquit a Christian woman in a high-profile blasphemy case says he will return home to represent her whenever the country’s Supreme Court takes up a review petition against her.

Saiful Malook, who fled to the Netherlands following threats to him from radical Islamists after the Oct. 21 acquittal of Asia Bibi, said Tuesday that no date has been set by the court to hear the petition.

The announcement by Malook came as the 54-year-old mother of five celebrated Christmas amid security despite being freed.

Bibi had been on death row since 2010 on charges of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

The radical Tehreek-e-Labbaik political party held violent nationwide protests demanding her public execution after her release.