Sunday, March 26, 2006

Afghanistan Backs Down

Charges against Abdul Rahman, who faced a possible death penalty for converting to Christianity, have been dropped. For now, at least.

According to Afghan officials, Rahman's case has been dropped due to a lack of evidence and questions about the legal foundation of the case. He's not totally out of the woods, however, because the case has been sent back to prosecutors who could reintroduce charges. In the meantime, Rahman will be released from prison.

It appears that Karzai is getting his wish, making the case go away without stooping to undemocratic means to do so. One hopes it will stay this way. A word of advice for Mr. Rahman: get the hell out of Afghanistan while you still have your head. Maybe you can go back when they've made it through their medieval period.
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