Abdul Rahman is
charged with violating his country’s Islamic laws by making the
conversion. Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezda told the AP that the man was
arrested last month after his family turned him into police for being a
The judge said
that Rahman claims he converted 16 years ago—at age 25—while working as
a medical aid worker in neighboring Pakistan.
"We are not
against any particular religion in the world, Judge Mawlavezda said.”
But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law…It is an
attack on Islam. ... The prosecutor is asking for the death penalty."
The case is
thought to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan and reportedly, the
charges could be dropped if Rahman agrees to convert back to Islam.
That, he said however, is not an option.
Associated Press is reporting that an Afghan man who reportedly
converted from Islam to Christianity is facing a potential death
sentence from a court in Kabul.