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02-07-08, 06:01 PM #1
death sentence for distributing anti-polygamy article in Afghanistan
Conservative clerics and elders demanded Thursday that the Afghan government not interfere with a controversial death sentence handed down to a young journalist convicted of insulting Islam for distributing a report questioning polygamy.
Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh, 23, was sentenced to death on Jan. 22 by a three-judge panel in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for handing out a report he printed off the Internet to fellow journalism students at Balkh University.
The article questioned why men can have four wives but women cannot have multiple husbands.
Kaambakhsh has appealed his conviction.
More than 100 tribal and religious leaders convened Wednesday in Gardez, the capital of the conservative eastern province of Paktia, and demanded that the government support the sentence.
“Kaambakhsh made the Afghan people very upset. It was against the clerics and Islam. He has humiliated Islam,” Khaliq Daad, head of the Islamic council of Paktia, said Thursday. “We want the Afghan president to support the court’s decision.”
Kaambakhsh’s case sparked a protest in Kabul last week and an international outcry, with a number of organizations demanding the case be annulled and Kaambakhsh set free.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice planned to raise the case with President Hamid Karzai in talks here Thursday. Rice flew to the Afghan capital along with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband to deliver a joint message of support and to prod Afghan officials as the United Sates continues a drive to recruit more NATO troops for Afghanistan.
A government spokesman said this week that Karzai was concerned about the death sentence, but would not intervene until the courts have their final say.
Daad criticized the government and various organizations that have come out in Kaambakhsh’s defense, accusing them of interfering with the judicial process.
He said the clerics and elders worried that Kaambakhsh would be let off the hook like Abdul Rahman, a Christian convert imprisoned in 2006 on charges of apostasy who was whisked off to Italy, where he had been granted asylum.
The Committee to Protect Journalists reiterated its call for Karzai “to have the case transferred immediately to Kabul and expedited through the appeals process so that he can be officially exculpated.”
Reporters Without Borders, another press rights group, also pressed the Afghan government to transfer the case and the conviction “quashed.”
02-07-08, 06:03 PM #2
We should have turned the whole place into glass the first time they screwed with us.I'm your huckleberry...
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!
You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.
I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
but every girl I found was either one way or the other...
02-07-08, 09:52 PM #3
02-07-08, 10:31 PM #4
I say we just seal them all off together and let them all kill each other off.Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G.I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. ~ Anon
si hic carrus commovet non quaerete
RIP Scott L. Roth- Pfc 1st Platoon,401st MP Co, KIA 12/20/89- Operation Just Cause- Not forgotten.
02-07-08, 11:23 PM #5
So, when are we going to get tired of being made out to be the bitch of the world today?
We have to plead with other countries to extradite the murderers of children and police, assuring that we won't give them death for their crimes, yet, these brutal bastards issue death warrants for writings in disagreement with them. The "humiliation" of Islam? Puhlease.
The 'faith' of those who saw heads off of innocents is not faith, but the evil acts of the sons of pigs. There is no diplomacy with snakes.
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly. - Lovelace
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02-08-08, 12:02 AM #6--
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