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"Mr President, Mr Imran Firasat is a Pakistani who converted from Islam to Christianity. Spain granted him asylum in 2004 because as an apostate his life was at risk. The Spanish authorities are now threatening to deport him to Pakistan under hate speech laws mandated by the European Commission. Mr Firasat produced a film entitled ‘The Innocent Prophet’, as part of his critique of Islam. An altered version of the film was released last December without Mr Firasat’s consent. This appears to be the extent of his transgression. If Mr Firasat is deported he may face the death penalty for alleged blasphemy. Individuals and organisations across Europe and the world are calling on the Spanish authorities not to take any action until Mr Firasat’s lawyers have lodged his appeal with the Spanish High Court. It would be a betrayal of all western liberal and democratic values if Mr Firasat was sent to his death for criticising a belief system."@en1
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