A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Christian convert in Afghanistan seeking foreign asylum: UN

[JURIST] Abdul Rahman [Wikipedia profile], currently facing the death penalty [JURIST report] in Afghanistan [ JURIST news archive] for converting from Islam to Christianity, has appealed for asylum, UN spokesman Adrian Edwards said Monday. Earlier Monday, several hundred people responded to a judge's decision that the prosecution lacked sufficient evidence [JURIST report] to proceed with the case by protesting Rahman's potential release [JURIST report]. Rahman was scheduled to undergo a mental examination [Reuters report] Monday, in a move thought by some to be a quiet way for the prosecution to respond to political pressure from Western governments [JURIST report].

Edwards did not mention specific countries in the statement, saying only that "Mr. Rahman has asked for asylum outside Afghanistan ... We expect this will be provided by one of the countries interested in a peaceful solution to this case." AP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.