March 19 2006 at 05:33PM
Kabul - An Afghan man detained for converting to Christianity could face the death penalty if he refuses to become Muslim again, police and a judge said on Sunday.
Abdul Rahman was detained two weeks ago after his relatives reported to the police about his conversion which is forbidden under Islamic Sharia law."Yes that's true, a man has converted to Christianity. He's being tried in one of our courts," Supreme Court judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada said, adding that his trial began early last week.
He said the man could face the death penalty if he refused to revert to Islam as Sharia law proposes capital punishment for any Muslim who converts to another religion.
Afghanistan's constitution states: "No law can be contrary to the sacred religion of Islam.
"If sentenced, the man will be the first to be punished for conversion since the ouster of the Taliban who introduced and implemented tough Sharia law.
GOI: Is this really Democracy??? Isn't one the main tenets of Democracy a freedom of religion? After all Americas first citizens came here from Europe due to religious persecution!! I don't think that a country can be a Democracy if they are willing to kill someone for converting to Christianity!!
So this guy is going to be put to death for choosing one religion over another and that was the same policy under the Taliban so what has really changed over there???
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