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-Now there are 2 Christian Converts Facing Death in Afghanistan

by Dr. D ~ February 24th, 2011

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We posted previously about Said Musa a Red Cross worker facing death and persecution in Prison for converting from Islam to Christianity. Now there are reports of a second man facing persecution and death in Afghanistan -Shoaib Assadullah. His capitol crime?- converting to Christianity and giving a Bible to another person.

In a letter smuggled out of prison dated February 17, Shoaib Assadullah described his imprisonment:

“Not only has my freedom been taken from me, but I am undergoing severe psychological pressure.”

“Several times I have been attacked physically and threatened with death by fellow prisoners, especially Taliban and anti-government prisoners who are in jail.These assaults on my human dignity have affected me negatively, close to the point of death.”

“My case is supposed to be sent to the court shortly because the prosecutor has the right to hold a case only for 30 days,” Assadullah wrote in the letter.

“The court’s decision is most definitely going to be the death penalty for me, because the prosecutor has accused me under the Clause 139 of the criminal code which says, ‘If the crime is not cited in the criminal code, then the case has to be referred to Islamic Sharia law.’”

Assadullah was originally arrested October 21 and at a court hearing on December 28, he was given one week to re-convert to Islam or receive a death penalty under sharia law.

Response: As we have noted before, Afghanistan supposedly has freedom of religion according to their Constitution. However, Islamic Sharia overrides regular laws and even the Constitution in Afghanistan.  

Meanwhile pressure is being put upon the Afghani government to get these two prisoners out of prison. The trial and sentencing of Assadullah has been put off due to the pressure but both Christians continue to suffer persecution for their faith in prison.

It is a good idea to contact your Congressional representatives to help continue to bring pressure on Afghanistan until these two cases are resolved. It is also a good idea for all Christians to keep praying for these folks and all Christian brothers and sisters in Afghanistan.            *Top

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