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Sentenced to death for ‘blasphemy’

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 1, 2008 | 1:11 pm

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is said to be the only unforgivable sin. I’ve never understood exactly what that looks like, or met anyone who could explain it to me, but I’m fairly certain that if you were the unfortunate, you wouldn’t pay the price until death.

Sadly, the same can’t be said for those who blaspheme Islam in the Muslim world. Just ask Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, the 23-year-old Afghan journalist, sentenced to death for his words, of which the exact nature I can’t find online. He’s appealing, and Reporters Without Borders said he caught a break yesterday when his case was moved to Kabul.

“His request for transfer to Kabul has finally succeeded, allowing Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh to be separated from other detainees in the vast Pul-i-Charki jail, in the east of the capital. His transfer to Kabul has given rise to hopes that his appeal will not be influenced by religious fundamentalists, as was the case when he was sentenced to death for “blasphemy” by a court in Mazar-i-Sharif, on 22 January 2008.”

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