Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Afghan Christian Case

The court case against the Afghan man who had converted to Christianity sixteen years ago seems to be heading towards his release:

The Afghan government appeared ready to cave in to intense international pressure last night over the Christian convert who faces a likely death sentence for apostasy in the Afghan courts.

Afghan officials confirmed late in the day that Adbul Rahman, a 41-year-old who converted 16 years ago, would be released after the case against him was dismissed on what were described as "technical grounds".

The judge, Ansarullah Mawlavizada, told reporters that the case contained "legal flaws and shortcomings" and would be referred back to Afghanistan's attorney general. In the meantime, judicial officials said, he would be released.

Government officials cited a "lack of evidence" in the case, despite Rahman's frank admission in a court appearance that he was a Christian convert and had "no regrets" about his decision.

He probably faces a risk of lynching now, and I mean this quite seriously.

How odd that the Bush administration appeared surprised about the death sentence that this man was threatened with. I'm not in the administration and I knew about the punishment of converting away from Islam. Another detail to add to the large heap of details nobody here seems to have bothered to learn about the countries that we invaded, presumably to bring them the freedom to do whatever they want to.