Posted by: becketfund | January 12, 2008

Afghanistan: Journalism Student Held on Charges of Blasphemy

KABUL – Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, a 23-year-old journalism student, is in his third month of detention on charges of blasphemy for “mocking Islam and the Koran,” Reuters reported on January 12. Kambakhsh, a student at Balkh University and a reporter for the daily Jahan-e Naw, was detained by Afghan security forces after his classmates accused him of making blasphemous comments. It is not known when or if he will be tried, but if convicted of blasphemy, Kambakhsh could face the death penalty.

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