Where Has Abdul Rahman Gone?

28 03 2006

This does not look good for Mr. Rahman.

Via AP:

An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity quickly vanished Tuesday after he was released from prison, apparently out of fear for his life with Muslim clerics still demanding his death.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini said he would ask his government to grant Abdul Rahman asylum. Fini was among the first to speak out on the man’s behalf.

Rahman, 41, was released from the high-security Policharki prison on the outskirts of Kabul late Monday, Afghan Justice Minister Mohammed Sarwar Danish told The Associated Press.

“We released him last night because the prosecutors told us to,” he said. “His family was there when he was freed, but I don’t know where he was taken.”

His family members were the ones who turned him in. They wanted to see him prosecuted and receive the death penalty. During the talks to release him over the weekend, we did not hear much from the family, but it’s quite possible that they have taken the situation into their own hands.

Out of shame maybe?

Another possibility is he was sent overseas in an under cover operation because of the court’s belief that he is mentally unfit to stand trial.

Deputy Attorney-General Mohammed Eshak Aloko said 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 Rahman had gone after being released.

He said Rahman may be sent overseas for medical treatment.

This morning, Michelle Malkin says, “The lynch mob is still on the ready.”

Several Muslim clerics threatened to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if he is freed, saying that he is clearly guilty of apostasy and deserves to die.

“Abdul Rahman must be killed. Islam demands it,” said senior Cleric Faiez Mohammed, from the nearby northern city of Kunduz.

I hope and pray that all of these efforts to pressure the Afghan court to release Mr. Rahman did not result in a quick snatch by family or more Islamists only to kill him ceremoniously.

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