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Afghan Claims Torture In ‘Blasphemy’ Case

From those defenders of the faith at BBC News:

Afghan student in torture claim

Sunday, 18 May 2008

An Afghan student journalist who was sentenced to death for blasphemy has told an appeals court that he confessed after being tortured.

Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh was convicted in January of insulting Islam.

But at the appeals court in Kabul the 24-year-old insisted he was innocent of all the charges.

He said he was tortured into confessing that he had disrupted university classes by asking questions about women’s rights under Islam.

He was also convicted of distributing an article on the same subject, and adding three additional paragraphs.

He told the crowded, hour-long appeal hearing: “As a Muslim … I never allow myself to do such a thing. These are totally lies.”

Kambakhsh’s death sentence was handed down during a closed-door trial, which drew condemnation from parts of the international community.

He was studying journalism at Balkh University in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, and writing for local newspapers, when he was arrested in October.

Our correspondent in Kabul, Martin Patience, says critics accuse the fledgling Afghan justice system of being too religiously conservative.

The journalist’s appeal hearing was adjourned for a week, in order to give him time to prepare his written defence.

How odd it is that this outrage is being shouted from the rooftops by our watchdog media.

Usually they ignore such things as Muslims torturing other Muslims, or their killing each other for perceived blasphemies.

Hold on. — Afghanistan is under US and NATO military control.

Ah, now everything comes clear.

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