Rahman Released


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.

“The decision about his release will be taken possibly tomorrow,” the official added. “They don’t have to keep him in jail while the attorney general is looking into the case.”

Abdul Wakil Omeri, a spokesman for the Supreme Court, confirmed that the case had been dismissed because of “problems with the prosecutors’ evidence.”

Considering the death threats that have been made towards him, may I propose our Canadian government offer refugee status to Rahman – and send back the Khadr family in exchange?

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  1. M. Murcek says:

    But the can’t do that. To the hip, reality- based community, Christians are SO uncool. It’s a Taliban at university that they all want…

  2. jew91 says:

    Abdul and his handlers made a great mistake of judgement by setting foot in Afghanistan. The Afghans are very principled people who love their principles to bits! It was diplomaticly foolish to challenge the authorities in Afghanistan. He was fine in his new home, Germany, why should he mendle with Afghan politics at such a critical stage. His handlers are really mad!

  3. jew91 says:

    Why collide with a great religion such as Islam and challenge the expertly developed priciples of Muslim Jurisprudence. At this stage we should make love with Islam and not collide. How fool are we? If I hear this sort of thing again. I with my Jewish community will accept Islam as mode of living!