not the way it’s supposed to be
Under Afghanistan’s new constitution minority religions are protected from persecution. However, that doesn’t apply to those who convert from Islam.
Man Faces Death Over Christianity
A MAN detained by police for converting from Islam to Christianity could face the death penalty if he refused to become a Muslim again, an Afghani judge said today.
Islamic sharia law proposes the death sentence for Muslims who abandon the religion. Afghanistan’s new constitution says “no law can be contrary to the sacred religion of Islam”.Supreme Court judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada said the suspect, Abdur Rahman, was arrested after members of his family informed police of his conversion.
He would be charged with abandoning Islam, Mr Mawlavizada said.
“The prosecutor says he should be executed on the basis of the constitution,” Mr Mawlavizada said, who added that Mr Rahman could come back to Islam.
“If he does not … he will be punished,” he said.
Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic country and 99 per cent of its more than 25 million people are Muslim.
Several legal officials said they could not recall a previous prosecution for abandoning Islam in Afghanistan.