AFGHANISTAN: Abdul Rahman released from prison

Abdul Rahman was released from Kabul’s main high security Pul-e-Charki prison late on Monday night after officials decided he was mentally unfit to stand trial. Abdul is currently with officials from the justice ministry, Afghanistan’s deputy attorney general Eshaq Aloko said.

U.N. spokesman in Kabul, Adrian Edwards, said that the U.N. was working with the Afghan government to help Abdul and he expected asylum would “be provided by one of the countries interested in a peaceful solution to this case.”

Commenting on the case, Hussain Andaryas (an Afghan convert from Islam to Christianity who is now living abroad) expressed his concerns about the right of Afghan Christians in the future: “Now Rahman, may be a depressed person due to situations but the problem is, why should a person NOT to have the right to be converted from Islam to Christianity?”

Mr. Andrayas who manages a number of Aghan Christian websites went on to say “My fears are that may be they will declare every Afghan Christian a mental case. Because I don’t have mental problems and thousands of other Afghans who were Muslims and now are Christians don’t have mental problems.”

“There are great scholars, school teachers, governors, scientists and from all walks of life that have become Christians in Afghanistan but they can not open their mouths because they or their family members will be killed.” (BBC, CBS, Afghan Times)