Afghan court dismisses case against man
who left Islam
Posted: March 25,
9:18 a.m. Eastern
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The Afghan man facing a possible death sentence for
converting from Islam to Christianity scored a
victory today when a court in Kabul dismissed the
case against him.
Under mounting pressure from countries including the
United States to free Abdul Rahman, officials cited
a lack of evidence in their decision to drop the
One official told the Associated Press the case had
been returned to the prosecutors for more
investigation, but Rahman would be released in the
"The court dismissed today the case against Abdul
Rahman for a lack of information and a lot of legal
gaps in the case," the official told AP on condition
"The decision about his release will be taken
possibly tomorrow," the official added. "They don't
have to keep him in jail while the attorney general
is looking into the case."
Abdul Wakil Omeri, a spokesman for the Supreme
Court, confirmed the case was dismissed because of
"problems with the prosecutors' evidence."
"It is the job of the attorney general's office to
decide if he is mentally fit to stand trial," he
Questions are reportedly being raised on whether or
not Rahman would stay in Afghanistan, or face exile
in another country.
The constitution in Afghanistan is based on Sharia
law, which states any Muslim who rejects his or her
religion should be sentenced to death.
If he had been sentenced, Rahman would have been the
first person punished for leaving Islam since the
Taliban was ousted by American-led forces in late
An Afghan Christian in the U.S. who has regular
contact with Christians in his home country through
posted a video clip of Rahman on his website.
Rahman says in the clip, according to Andaryas: "The
punishment by hanging? I will accept it gladly, but
I am not an infidel. I am not a traitor. I am a
follower of Jesus."