Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: Journalist Sentenced to Death for "Humiliating Islam"

Whooee! And it's one, two, three... what are we fightin' for? Why are Canadians dying for these guys?

Associated Press

KABUL — An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam, an official said.

The three-judge panel sentenced Sayad Parwez Kambaksh to death for distributing a paper that humiliated Islam, said Fazel Wahab, the chief judge in the northern province of Balkh, where the trial took place. Judge Wahab did not preside over the trial.

Mr. Kambaksh's family and the head of a journalists group denounced the verdict and said Mr. Kambaksh was not represented by a lawyer at trial. Members of a clerics council had been pushing for Mr. Kambaksh to be punished.

The case now goes to the first of two appeals courts, Judge Wahab said. Mr. Kambaksh, who has been jailed since October, will remain in custody during appeal.

Judge Wahab said he did not immediately have the details of the paper that Mr. Kambaksh circulated, other than that it was against Islam. Mr. Kambaksh discussed the paper with his teacher and classmates at Balkh University and several students complained to the government, Judge Wahab said.

Manley sez we oughta stay the course. Keep on supportin' Karzai and The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Keep on handin' over detainees to be tortured. Keep on draggin' Canada's reputation and dignity through the mud. Keep on doin' Bush's bidding. Keep on dying for warlords and opium merchants.

Harper sez we're fightin' so's little girls can go to school. Let's hope none of 'em go to journalism school.



Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, JimBobby. I'll do what I can. After I stop crying.

KC said...

This is exactly why we Canadians need to be constantly alert to threats to our secularism. Secularism is a necessary prerequisite to a free, democratic and rational society.

Erik said...

Poor kid, he perhaps thought that his free speech would be protected by us.

Don't expect Canada to do anything about situations like this. As long as our Caneo-cons (Harper and clan) are running our country, all (if any) we'll here is:
"This kid must have been asking for it!

Distributing papers right from the internet is like, like distributing torture manuals that suspects US and Israel of practising torture; you don't DO things in a democratic country.... these Afghans, they just don't get it.