Murder Convictions Victory for Pakistan Christians

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In a legal victory for Christians in Pakistan, a Punjab court convicted three Muslims in the murder of a Christian businessman.
Ghulam Rasool, Amjad Iqbal, and Kashir Saleem were sentenced to life in prison for torturing and killing Rasheed Masih on March 9, 2010.

Masih's brother, Asi, said the men met his brother in a farmhouse to discuss a business deal then demanded he convert to Islam. When he refused, they beat him to death with iron rods.

The European Centre for Law and Justice in Pakistan quoted Asi Masih as saying the men were "jealous of his brother's success because he was a Christian."

In addition to the life sentences, each has been ordered to pay $1,153 in restitution to Masih's family. Muhammad Asif, a fourth suspect, was acquitted.

Shaheryar Gill, associate counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, assisted the victim's legal team in court.  Click play for his comments.

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