An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity has been released from prison after the case was dropped, the justice minister said Tuesday.Well, no wonder he needs asylum! He's insane!
The announcement came after the United Nations said Abdul Rahman has appealed for asylum outside Afghanistan and that the world body was working to find a country willing to take him.
(snip)Deputy Attorney General Mohammed Eshak Aloko told the AP that prosecutors had issued a letter calling for Rahman's release because ''he was mentally unfit to stand trial.'' He also said he did not know where he was being held.
He said Rahman may be sent overseas for medical treatment.
Hours earlier, hundreds of clerics, students and others chanting ''Death to Christians!'' marched through the northern Afghan Mazar-i-Sharif to protest the court's decision Sunday to dismiss the case.
''Abdul Rahman must be killed. Islam demands it,'' said senior Cleric Faiez Mohammed, from the nearby northern city of Kunduz. ''The Christian foreigners occupying Afghanistan are attacking our religion.''
Several Muslim clerics have threatened to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if he is freed, saying that he is clearly guilty of apostasy and deserves to die.
So everything worked out for the best, and all they had to do to avert catastrophe was to equate Christianity with insanity. They've come such a long way in such a short time, thanks to the Bush Administration's deep understanding of foreign cultures, and its wonkish obsession with planning and detail.