Monday, March 27, 2006

Abdul Rahman to be freed

The case against Abdul Rahman, the Afghani charged with apostacy, has been dismissed - due to lack of evidence.

Right outcome; wrong reason. Sandmonkey has more.

Update: Marcus has a more positive take, with a good point:
"What matters in future is not the fact that similar abuses of justice will be attempted by the reactionary and the powerful but what happens after such attempts are made. In the above two cases the original wrong act was reversed after international pressure was brought to bear on the wrongdoers."
I felt rather queasy at what I understood the justification for the release to be - mental illness, lack of evidence - but Marcus is right: it shows relative openess in Afghanistan, in contrast to what was the case under the Taleban. Progress, in other words...

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