An asylum application has been filed in the Netherlands for Asia Bibi, the Christian Pakistani woman acquitted last week of blasphemy charges, her lawyer told CNN on Thursday.
The application was submitted for Bibi, her husband and two daughters, said attorney Saiful Malook, who fled Pakistan this week to the Netherlands.
Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy charges in late October by Pakistan’s Supreme Court following eight years on death row.
She was moved Thursday from her jail cell to an undisclosed location in another part of the country, intelligence sources in Pakistan told CNN.
Bibi is with her family in a secure place, waiting to leave Pakistan, a spokesperson for Italy’s Aid to the Church in Need, or ACN, said.
Bibi is legally free to leave the country, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman said earlier Thursday.
“She is a free woman now,” Mohammad Faisal said. “Her writ is being heard. When a decision is made, she will go wherever she wants to go. It is a free country; she is a free national. She can go wherever she wants to go. No one can object to that. If a free national of Pakistan wants to go somewhere, he/she has to get a visa and go. Nothing odd about that.”