A judge has granted bail to a young Christian girl accused of insulting Islam in Pakistan.
The decision by Mohammed Azam Khan over the girl, who is thought to have Down's syndrome, could help defuse some of the uproar the case has generated.
The case has focused attention on Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, which human rights activists say are regularly used to persecute Christians.
However, it is unclear how the girl's family will be able to afford bail, which was set at one million Pakistani rupees (£6,500). "We feel that this is the real victory of truth and law," said Robinson Asghar, an aide to the Pakistani minister for national harmony who has been closely following the case.
The young girl, who is reported to be 14 years old, was arrested after an angry mob surrounded her house in a neighbourhood in Islamabad and accused her of burning pages from the Koran, an act punishable by life in prison under the country's harsh blasphemy laws. Her lawyer has denied the allegation.
In an unusual twist, police arrested a Muslim cleric from her neighbourhood a week ago after a follower from his mosque accused him of stashing pages of a Koran in her bag to make it seem as if she burned them.
He allegedly planted the evidence to push Christians out of the neighbourhood and is now being investigated for blasphemy himself. He has denied the allegation.
The judge gave no reason for granting bail. During the lengthy hearing in an Islamabad courtroom, lawyers for the young girl argued that the accusations against the cleric had raised reasonable doubt about her culpability in the case.
Rao Abdur Raheem, a lawyer for the man who brought the complaint against the girl, said the judge felt she was better able to defend herself outside prison but cautioned that the case would continue. She is expected to be released late today or tomorrow. She is being held in a prison in Rawalpindi, a city next to the capital of Islamabad.
One of the key questions is whether she and her family will be safe once the girl is out from behind bars. People accused of blasphemy have often been victims of vigilante justice by angry mobs.