KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan man facing a possible death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity may be mentally unfit to stand trial, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.
Abdul Rahman, 41, has been charged with rejecting Islam, a crime under this countryâ€™s Islamic laws. His trial started last week and he confessed to becoming a Christian 16 years ago. If convicted, he could be executed. . .
WASHINGTON (CNN) — In the days of the Taliban, those promoting Christianity in Afghanistan could be arrested and those converting from Islam could be tortured and publicly executed.
That was supposed to change after U.S.-led forces ousted the oppressive, fundamentalist regime, but the case of 41-year-old Abdul Rahman has many Western nations wondering if Afghanistan is regressing.
Rahman, a father of two, was arrested and is on trial for rejecting Islam. The Afghan constitution, which is based on Sharia, or Islamic law, says that apostates can receive the death penalty.
Hmm… it seems strange to me that the US invaded Afghanistan and supposedly liberated it from the Taliban, but didn’t bother to make sure that the new government respects the religious liberty of the Afghan people. Of course the US doesn’t want this trial to take place (if you read down further in both articles) but it doesn’t mean much to me if the accused has to be found to be insane (and presumably locked in an assylum) to avoid being killed for this faith.