Abdul Rahman release as strange as the case itself


An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence and he will be released soon, officials said.

The announcement came as U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai faced mounting foreign pressure to free Abdul Rahman, a move that risked angering Muslim clerics here who have called for him to be killed.

An official closely involved with the case told The Associated Press that it had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime, Rahman would be released.

"The court dismissed today the case against Abdul Rahman for a lack of information and a lot of legal gaps in the case," the official said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.


It seems to me the evidence is pretty straight forward in this case. The man admits his conversion to Christianity. What should have been the issue is whether Afghanistan's constitution permitted his prosecution. It appears that the Afghan government is seeking to avoid that question by releasing him on a suspect evidentiary issue. It would not surprise me if the man is murdered by mobs prevoked by clerics. If that happens the clerics should be tried and convicted for soliciting his murder.


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