Thursday, January 24, 2008
An Afghan court has sentenced a twenty-three year old journalist to death for blasphemy after a trial which was conducted in secret and at which he apparently was not represented by counsel. Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh was accused by others of writing articles in which he claimed that the Prophet Muhammed did not respect women's rights. He denied having written the pieces. He has the right to appeal. An NGO, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), says the case against Mr. Kaambakhsh is "a fabrication." Read more here.