Thanks Be To God
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence and he will be released soon, officials said. The announcement came as U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai faced mounting foreign pressure to free Abdul Rahman, a move that risked angering Muslim clerics here who have called for him to be killed.
An official closely involved with the case told The Associated Press that it had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime, Rahman would be released. ''The court dismissed today the case against Abdul Rahman for a lack of information and a lot of legal gaps in the case,'' the official said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.Of course, the case could still be reinstated if the mullahs have their way. It would well behoove Mr. Rahman to exit the country at his earliest opportunity.