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British man sentenced to death in Pakistan 'barely lucid'

A British pensioner sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy is in urgent need of mental health treatment, legal charity Reprieve has said. Lawyers for Mohammed Asghar told the charity he appeared "pale, dehydrated, shaking and barely lucid."

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Self-proclaimed prophet 'wrote to police officer'

Mohammad Asghar, a British national, was arrested in Pakistan in 2010 after writing letters to people - including a police officer, claiming that he was a prophet, reported.

Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, where a British national who has been sentenced to death is being held. Credit: Reuters

Insulting the Prophet Mohammed can carry the death penalty in Pakistan.

Asghar was arrested under section 295-C of the PPC, the newspaper reported, which reads:

“Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed .... shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”

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