Wednesday, March 25, 2009
"This is what our soldiers fought and died for in Afghanistan. ... 'Afghanistan's Supreme Court has upheld a 20-year jail term for blasphemy handed to Afghan journalist Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, who claimed that men and women are equal. ... "If a Muslim man may have four wives, why shouldn't a wife have four husbands," he wrote. ... He was arrested on blasphemy charges in the northern town of Mazar-i-Sharif in 2007 and in October that year a local court condemned him to death. The death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment following pressure from institutional human rights organizations.'," Baron Bodissey (BB) at Gates of Vienna, 10 March 2009, link: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2009/03/20-years-in-jail-for-asserting-equality.html.
Why did Kambakhsh appeal? The trial court, using Shariah, correctly sentenced him to death. Under American jurisprudence a sentence is usually reviewed on appeal under the "clearly erroneous" standard. The trial court's ruling looks good to me. BB does not state if the trial judge specified the method of execution, but stoning is common in Afghanistan. If I was an Afghani "Supreme", at most I might have modified Kambakhsh's method of execution to stoning. What is Afghanistan coming to? To overturn 1,400 years of precedent to grant Kambakhsh a 20-year sentence. Shameful. See my 6 March 2009 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2009/03/wwmd-2.html