A Pakistani court has charged a police guard with the murder of a governor who spoke out against the country's blasphemy laws.
Mumtaz Qadri's closed hearing took place Monday in the city of Rawalpindi, where a group of his supporters gathered outside the jail.
Qadri has admitted shooting and killing the governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, last month in Islamabad, while serving as his bodyguard.
The governor had called for a repeal of Pakistan's blasphemy law after a Christian woman was sentenced to death last year for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
On Monday, Qadri told the court he acted in accordance with the teachings of the Koran.
An evidence hearing is set for Qadri on February 26.
|A policeman receives flowers on Valentine's Day from students for Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri , the gunman detained for the killing of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, to show their support Qadri outside Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi on February 14, 2011.|
|Pakistani police officer receives flowers and Valentine's Day cards for Mumtaz Qadri, the confessed killer of a liberal Pakistani governor|