Sunday, March 26, 2006

Abdul Rahman to be Released

The case against Abdul Rahman, the Afghan who faced death under sharia law for leaving Islam, has been dismissed. From ABC News [emphasis added]:
KABUL, Afghanistan Mar 26, 2006 (AP)— 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, an official said.

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

He said the case has been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime Rahman would be released.
Afghanistan still has serious work to do in reconciling their constitution, which purportedly guarantees religious freedom, with the Islamic sharia law upon which it was based.

Via Stop the ACLU.