This is what our soldiers fought and died for in Afghanistan.
This is an example of the “freedoms” enjoyed by the Afghan people. This is the practical result of “liberty”, as promised to the people of Afghanistan by George W. Bush.
It’s a matural outcome of Afghanistan’s sharia-based constitution — which was approved by the United States government.
According to AKI:
Afghanistan: Court Upholds Jail Term for ‘Blasphemous’ Reporter
Kabul, 9 March (AKI) — Afghanistan’s Supreme Court has upheld a 20-year jail term for blasphemy handed to Afghan journalist Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, who claimed men and women were equal. Kambakhsh’s brother said the family had just learned of the closed-door ruling delivered a month ago in the absence of Yaqub Kambakhsh, his lawyer or family members, the Information Safety and Freedom media watchdog reported on Monday.
“We thought there would be some justice in the capital of Afghanistan and even at the highest level of the judicial system,” wrote Yaqub Kambakhsh in a letter sent to Information Safety and Freedom.
“But their silent decision seems that first of all there is no justice in Afghanistan at any level. “Kambakhsh is the latest victim.”
Twenty-eight year-old Kambakhsh’s troubles began in 1997, when he wrote in his blog that “extremist mullahs” had distorted the true meaning of Islam’s holy book or Koran.
“If a Muslim man may have four wives, why shouldn’t a wife have four husbands,” he wrote.
He was arrested on blasphemy charges in the northern town of Mazar-i-Sharif in 2007 and in October that year a local court condemned him to death
The death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment following pressure from international human rights organisations.
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Corriere della Sera quoted Italy’s under-secretary for foreign affairs, Alfredo Mantica as claiming the government was concerned about Kambakhsh, but considered it better to intervene after presidential elections due in August 2009 to avoid “politicising” the case.
“It’s a fact that Afghanistan’s courts are strongly influenced by the religious authorities,” Mantica stated.
Hat tip: C. Cantoni.