Thursday, August 14, 2003

"The Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan is obliged to give the death penalty to the people who have abused or made fun of Islam, and also to the ones who cause public disruption."

That's what the "fatwa department" of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan has to say about Afghan journalists Mer-hossin Mahdawi and Ali Raza Payam, according to this article from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

These two journalists stand accused of criticizing Islamic practice in two articles and publishing a cartoon showing man evolving from apes, both of them no-nos according to the Koran. Therefore they must die. Lucky for them, nobody seems to know where they are right now.

A maverick order issued by some discredited loony mullahs over at the "fatwa department"? Actually the recommendation bears a stamp of approval from Chief Justice Fazil Hadi Shinwari, a noted conservative. This appears to be a challenge of sorts to President Hamid Karzai, who could technically sack Shinwari if he wanted to.


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